Noesis (2017)

For viola, cello, and piano (and five dancers)
Choreography by Hannah Weber
Duration: 22 minutes
Commissioned by Periapsis Music and Dance

World premiere: June 3-4, 2017
GK ArtsCenter, Brooklyn
Celia Hatton, viola; Aminda Asher, cello; Jonathan Howard Katz, piano
Dancers: Demetria “D’vass” Charles, Erin Dillon, Alia Kache, Isaac Owens, Marissa Wiley/Hannah Weber

This work is available for retail purchase from Theodore Front Musical Literature.
This work is available for institutional purchase from Harrassowitz (OttoEditions) and Theodore Front Musical Literature.

Program note: Noesis was a collaboration with choreographer Hannah Weber for Periapsis Music and Dance. Hannah wanted to depict a group of friends whose relationships we’d watch evolve over time, and we also used this piece as an opportunity to explore more movement from the musicians and physical interactions with the dancers. Partly because the musicians are not infrequently entangled in the choreography, many of the movements are solos or duets. But as a concert work, Noesis becomes a suite that lets each instrument reflect on the prevalent themes, with the cello presiding almost like a narrator.