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Boomkat Product Review:
Ligeti Quartet join the dots between far-flung overtone singing styles and the violin’s vocal characteristics in spry, folksy works ready for your avant harvest dance.
“Songbooks is a series composed by Christian Mason and inspired by traditional forms of overtone (or throat-singing) from around the world. Performed by Ligeti Quartet, the first album features two projects, taking as their inspirations the Tuvan vocal tradition of Khöömii and the practice of the Tenores in Sardinia.
Overtone, or throat-singing, involves the manipulation of the resonances created in the vocal tract, producing additional overtones above the primary note being sung. Born out of a long-standing collaboration between Ligeti Quartet and Mason, Songbooks explores the way in which the acoustic properties of the string quartet emulate the human voice through Mason’s use of extended techniques and unique sound-worlds. The result is an album of thrillingly direct and toe-tappingly exciting music which is profoundly influenced by the traditional songs of Tuva and Sardinia.
“Seeing the Tenores sing spontaneously at 2am in the main square of Sant'Anna Arresi after we had shared a concert is forever etched in our memories. Songbooks has seen us 'grow' as a quartet, and now represents our ethos – fitting for our debut album in our 10th year together!” – Ligeti Quartet”