Meredith Monk’s Spiritual Muse

“I work in between the cracks, where the voice starts dancing, where the body starts singing, where theater becomes cinema.” – Deborah Jowitt (ed.), Meredith Monk (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997)

Meredith Monk creates multi-disciplinary works which combine music, theatre, and dance. She is a pioneer in “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance,” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in efforts to discover and weave together new modes of perception. She has recorded extensively for ECM Records the past 32 years.

I have accessed her catalogue of performance art that is available online via Spotify, YouTube, WNYC (New Sounds) and her well designed Website.

Her voice strikes a resonant chord within the music of our heart that embellishes the human spirit. I find myself becoming enchanted with the spiritual muse Meredith Monk crafts with her focused conviction.

I  have just begun to scratch the surface of what Meredith Monk’s vision offers through her commitment, passion and sincerity.

My next step is to explore these Meredith Monk core building blocks.

1) Music Recording

I will start my collection of Meredith Monk’s recordings and buy Songs of Ascension. This work has tremendous appeal to my psyche through the interwoven sounds that echo in and around me from the samples I have heard. It is also very integrated with the film and the book I mention below. I am tempted to get them all at once,  I think I will update my amazon wish list. 😉

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble voices
Todd Reynolds Quartet string quartet
The M6 voices
Montclair State University Singers

2) Documentary

Inner Voice

Inner Voice is a documentary that follows Meredith Monk during the process of making her latest piece, Songs of Ascension, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and at Ann Hamilton’s Tower in California.  Together with her Vocal Ensemble, we also follow her on a concert tour of Italy.  Impermanence is a leading subject matter evolving in the documentary.

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