Backstage with Meredith Monk

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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.