Garden of Diverging Paths

by Mivos String Quartet

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The album’s title track, Taylor Brook’s El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan (The Garden of Diverging Paths), takes its name from a short story by the Argentinian magic realist Jorge Luis Borges. Brook explores Borges’s idea of alternative histories, creating six movements based on musical histories that could have been. He imagines worlds where musical evolution made slightly different turns, forever altering fundamental musical concepts of tuning and playing styles.
Andrew Greenwald’s A thing is a hole in a thing it is not borrows the title from a dictum by the American minimalist artist Carl Andre. Greenwald, a member of the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse, writes music of extreme complexity and timbral variety. In “A thing is a hole in a thing it is not”, Greenwald creates a kaleidoscope of choked bow sounds, fragile string harmonics, and startling silences.
In the album’s final work, composer/soprano Kate Soper joins Mivos for Nadja, a three song cycle which sets texts by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ovid, and André Breton. Soper, a co-director, performer, and composer with New York’s Wet Ink Ensemble, links these texts through their common focus: feminine love and desire. Similar to such previous works as “Cipher” for soprano and violin or “Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say” for soprano and flute, Soper masterfully blurs the traditional lines between vocalists and instrumentalists, sharing the dramatic role with her string-playing colleagues.

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released June 10, 2016

All tracks recorded and produced by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio

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New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director) and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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