Meredith Monk: Hocket

Written by Matt Boehler

Bass

In category: Song of the Day

Published July 18, 2018

Meredith Monk is amazing, and the amount of concentration and virtuosity it must take for two singers to maintain the delicate balancing act of this piece seems super-human. High-wire act though it is, I find this song endlessly playful and fascinating.

“Hocket” from Facing North by Meredith Monk

author: Matt Boehler

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Singer and composer Matt Boehler has been hailed by The New York Timesas “a bass with an attitude and the goods to back it up,” and the San Francisco Classical Voice for music that “harnesses considerable expressive power.” As a singer, he has been heard in some of classical music’s most prestigious venues, including appearances with The Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Canadian Opera Company, Dallas Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, among many others. He is happy to be a member of the NYFOS family, having joined the roster for the world premieres of Bastianello and Lucretia, as well as the programs Where We Come From and Manning the Canon: Songs of Gay Life. As a writer, his song cycle Foursquare Cathedral was awarded first prize in the 2017 NATS Art Song Composition Competition. Some recent and upcoming commissions include works for Washington National Opera, Victory Hall Opera, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

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