Dosia McKay: Glossolalia

by NeoQuartet

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Glossolalia - The Inspiration:

Glossolalia, meaning speaking or praying in tongues, is a spiritual practice or a worship expression found in certain streams of the Christian church as well as in some non-Christian religions. An interesting phenomenon is singing in tongues during public worship when members of a congregation improvise short melodies instinctively embellishing the notes of a common major chord. This group expression can lead to a spiritual trance and ecstasy and the improvised music is quite mesmerizing and beautiful. I sometimes think about all of the music being presently created in various styles and genres, merging into a single essence, expressing the sum total of our humanity. And what is music, but a search for ecstasy, a transcendent and an otherworldly experience?

The Language of Glossolalia:

Stylistically, Glossolalia draws from the post-classical contemporary idiom. I have approached the medium of string quartet in a traditional way but with my own, fresh focus. While some passages are deeply meditative and simplistic (almost modal) in their harmonic structure, others are convoluted and treacherous, giving the stage to the most outrageous and forceful emotions. In this compilation, I am faithful to my colorful and vibrant sound palette infusing it with a touch of pop, rock, jazz, and a few typically Schoenbergian post-tonal outbursts.

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released June 4, 2014

All music composed by Dosia McKay. All tracks performed by NeoQuartet: Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka, 1st violin, Paweł Kapica, 2nd violin, Michał Markiewicz, viola, and Krzysztof Pawłowski, cello. Grit and Glitz features Paweł Kapica, violin, Michał Markiewicz, viola, and Krzysztof Pawłowski, cello. Vibraphone soloist on First in Flight - Paweł Nowicki

Recorded at Janusz Hajdun Concert Studio at Radio Gdańsk in February 2014. Edited, mixed, and mastered by Jacek Puchalski at Radio Gdańsk. Produced by Dosia McKay. Graphic design by Dosia McKay.
©Ⓟ2014 Dosia McKay/Gavia Music (ASCAP), all rights reserved. For private use only. If you would like to use the music in a creative project, whether for profit or without profit, please contact the composer about licensing.


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Dosia McKay

Dosia McKay is an American composer of music for concert stage, film, modern dance, and multimedia. Her portfolio includes works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, choir, symphony orchestra, as well as synthesized sound. A versatile writer, Dosia fluently weaves elements of classical harmony, avant-garde, ambient soundscapes, and the lyricism of folk melodies of her native Poland. ... more

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