This saxophonist plays AND sings a duet meant for two vocalists

21 November 2017, 09:35

Thomas Giles takes on Meredith Monk’s ‘Hocket’, originally composed for two singers sharing the same complex melody.

Meredith Monk’s ‘Hocket’ was written for two singers, who are supposed to share the melody between them. It’s insanely clever, a bit like that thing you do when you try and say a sentence with a friend by alternating who says the next word, but way harder.

Now, imagine doing that if you’re not a singer, but a saxophonist. How do you do it? Well, if you’re Thomas Giles, you go and stand in a car park and alternate your sax notes with your own vocals. It’s seriously clever.

Here’s the original, for reference:

If you like what you hear, you can find the original Facing North album here. Meredith’s newest work, Cellular Songs, will premiere at BAM in March 2018.