Meredith Monk Searches for the Sacred

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In this 2008 interview, composer, vocalist and filmmaker Meredith Monk joins host David Garland to explore the musical traditions of disparate world religions and discuss the personal, non-denominational expressions of the search for the sacred through sound.

For decades, the versatile and charismatic Monk has mined the power of wordless singing to share thoughts on beauty and humanity. Bypassing the world of words, her distinctive brand of music-making has inspired new modes of perception in countless listeners and fellow composers.

Included in this show are excerpts from her albums Impermanence and Mercy, as well as music inspired by profoundly moving incidents of loss and self-discovery.

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