Backstage with Meredith Monk

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 06:20 PM

Over the past year and a half or so, I've had the incredible privilege of working with Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble on her new performance piece, Songs of Ascension.

This work developed as a collaboration between Meredith and the visual artist Ann Hamilton. Songs of Ascension has flexed and evolved as we have toured it to different locales. The most striking location was Ann Hamilton's Acoustic Tower on the Oliver Ranch in Geyserville, California. The tower is eight stories high and has a set of staircases in a double helix pattern. We performed on one set of stairs while the audience inhabited the other.

This week, our work culminated with a set of performances at BAM's Harvey Theater.

Meredith is a wonderfully inspiring artist and musician, and she chatted with me about the piece and its origins.

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Comments [2]

Frank Feldman

Playing with Meredith Monk must be very exciting, Nadia. But I bet it's a helluva lot more exciting playing Brahms and Bartok with a good pianist and/or orchestra.

Nov. 09 2009 09:19 PM
Paul Epstein from Lower Manhattan

Playing for Meredith Monk must be exciting, Nadia. Will you be programming her music on Q2? I've had the stream going a lot lately, and haven't heard any.

Nov. 03 2009 09:16 PM

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