“More than 170 GSAS students will be honored at Commencement,” says Eric Chasalow, Dean of GSAS, “and we are delighted that Dr. Koh will represent the school during their final event before becoming Brandeis GSAS alumni. In my three yearsa s dean, I have been extremely impressed with the intelligence and accomplishment of our graduating students, and while I am a bit prejudiced since I helped advise Emily, she certainly rises to that level of excellence.”
My work is generally introspective. It contemplates difficult questions on what it means to be a human being.
On Saturday, February 4 at 8:00 at SPACES Gallery, No Exit will present the world premiere of Emily Koh’s esphyr; performed by violinist Cara Tweed, pianist Nicholas Underhill, and percussionist Luke Rinderknecht.
“Emily Koh’s Implodex! (Singapore premiere) for six musicians opened the proceedings. Conducted by Setts co-founder Christoph Wichert, its configuration had strings (violin, viola and cello) placed onstage, complemented by offstage woodwinds (flute, oboe and clarinet).
With its title alluding to the origin of matter and anti-matter, fragments of sound passed around the hall, the concordant alternating with the discordant. Its climax was a solo cadenza from oboist Joost Flach, who went on to tear up pieces of paper, symbolic of a point of no return, before all the musical parts coalesced in a serene C major chord.”
“In Emily Koh’s implodex!!, the musicians surrounded the audience members on all sides of the performance space. Unorthodox spatial designs often come off as gimmicky, but Koh’s setup was effective: By necessity, the players conducted each other, mirroring the system of the sculpture, in which each piece is equally important to the whole. Oboist Thomas […]