This virtuoso saxophonist plays AND sings a piece meant for two vocalists

18 May 2016, 16:28

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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.

This is seriously clever:

And here’s the original, for reference:

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