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Simplicity Itself / New Morse Code


Release Date: 09/22/2017 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 189  
Composer:  Robert HornsteinTonia KoCaroline ShawPaul Kerekes
Performer:  Katie HyunTimo Andres
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Morse Code
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As their name suggests, contemporary music duo New Morse Code (cellist Hannah Collins and percussionist Michael Compitello) prioritize communication in their performances. Their new recording, Simplicity Itself, is a document of their wonderful balance between instrumental brilliance, programming acuity, commissioning zeal, and warm performance style. The album begins and ends with works by Boston-based composer Robert Honstein, whose individual approach to minimalism involves a playful approach to shifting phrase lengths and subverting rhythmic expectation through displacement. The duo is joined here on the opening track, Patter, by guest violinist Katie Hyun, and in a display of New Morse Code’s versatility and open minded approach, Read more Collins joins Competello on mallet percussion for the final track Unwind, a contemplative study in polyrhythm. Tonia Ko’s Hush operates more gesturally, and her style is at times reminiscent of the type of sound painting and economy of materials one hears in the work of George Crumb. There is plenty of complexity in the works on this recording, but by naming the album Simplicity Itself (taken from the Virginia Woolf text in Ko’s work) New Morse Code seems to suggest that deep within this music is an underlying ground of fundamental elements that is a source of connection. For a group dedicated to communicating through a new “code,” the message of joy on this recording reads loud and clear. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Patter by Robert Hornstein
Performer:  Katie Hyun (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Morse Code
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Hush by Tonia Ko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Morse Code
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Boris Kerner by Caroline Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Morse Code
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Trio in Two Parts by Paul Kerekes
Performer:  Timo Andres (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Morse Code
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Unwind by Robert Hornstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Morse Code
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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