New Thread Quartet, Philipp Staudlin & Noa Even – Koh: [Word]Plays (2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

New Thread Quartet, Philipp Staudlin & Noa Even – Koh: [Word]Plays (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 44:22 minutes | 389 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Innova

Emily Koh draws interest out of the things many of us may not even notice, and these overlooked minutiae and intricacies lead to new horizons in her work. Her new album [word]plays is full of frenetic and sonorous beauty, and represents her interest and exploration of the sounds, meanings, and interpretations of words, as a multi-linguist artist whose native tongue is an English-based creole language (Singlish).

[word]plays is an album of microtonal works for saxophone(s) inspired by the similarly named literary technique in which witty word-use becomes the subject of the work. The central works in [word]plays are three saxophone quartets – homonym (2013), heteronym/ (2016) and cryptonym: (2018) – composed for the Amigo Saxophone Quartet, PRISM Quartet, and New Thread Quartet respectively. These quartets take their inspiration from the meanings of the compound words formed when the -onym suffix is attached after a root word.

Flanking the quartets are medi+aTion (2016) and b(locked.orders) (2019). These solo works are named with neologisms which include special symbols, giving these titles a polysemic quality. medi+aTion (2016) can be read as ‘meditation’ or ‘mediation’, and looks within for inner meanings and unfoldings. b(locked.orders) (2019) can be read as ‘blocked borders’ or ‘blocked orders’, and sonifies the stifled voices of immigrants in their adoptive countries, as well as silenced minorities within their home countries.

1. Philipp Staudlin – Medi+ation (06:46)
2. New Thread Quartet – Homonym (Version for Saxophone Quartet) (07:07)
3. New Thread Quartet – Heteronym/ (07:07)
4. New Thread Quartet – Cryptonym: (11:37)
5. Noa Even – B(locked.orders) (11:45)