Mind-Blowing, Mystical 24-Hour Meredith Monk Marathon

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Meredith Monk Meredith Monk (Kim Nowacki)

On Sunday, Nov. 20, celebrate the birthday of legendary downtown provocateur Meredith Monk with Q2 Music's Phil Kline and a 24-hour marathon of music spanning her illustrious career. Complete with new recordings and insights from the composer herself, the marathon also includes remixes of her work from noted admirers, including Björk, Vijay Iyer and Ryuichi Sakamoto. The program repeats Thanksgiving Day.

In the New Yorker magazine, music critic Alex Ross writes of Monk: "At once visceral and ethereal, raw and rapt, her works banish the spurious complexities of urban life and reveal a kind of underground civilization, one that sings, dances, and meditates on timeless forces." Björk writes of Monk's breakout 1980-1981 album "Dolmen Music", "I remember hearing "Dolmen Music" as a teenager. It most definitely provided me with one of my musical DNA's. I learned that vinyl by heart." 

To judge by her diverse admirers, Monk has exerted a gravitational pull over generations of today's artists and audiences. From her trailblazing exploration of wordless song and the possibilities of the human voice to the mystical, instinctual focus her sound generates, Monk has became part of today's classical and popular music DNA. And yet, with enshrinement comes the danger of reducing her achievements to a few masterpieces to the exclusion of the vast array of songs and instrumental works that have spanned her decades of creative endeavor.  

This marathon is the chance to celebrate the ecstatic, missionary joy in expression that has defined her music throughout her career. You'll hear from early albums including "Key," "Dolmen Music," and "Do You Be," her latest releases including "On Behalf of Nature," the unreleased "Stringsongs" recorded live in the Q2 Music studio and a special complete airing at 12 pm of "Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice," from Peabody Award-winning second season of Meet the Composer.

What are your thoughts on Monk's music? Leave your comments and birthday wishes below by clicking on "Post a comment."


Listen | Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota: Meredith Monk: Creation as Spiritual Practice


Watch | Tour Monk's Tribeca loft: In Meredith Monk's Loft, Turtle Dreams and Folk Music from Another Planet


Listen | Monk introduces many of her key works:


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Comments [8]

Joan Schwartz from Boston

dear Meredith . . . I stumbled upon your birthday celebration quite by accident -- and it's made my day! . . . all good wishes for you on your birthday. . . may it be the beginning of a year filled with love, peace and well being for you and all beings . . . and may we all have the strength and groundedness to face the challenges in our world with love and compassion . . .love, joan (from boston and bit dancer in education of the girl child)

Nov. 20 2016 02:08 PM
unsilentphil from nyc

It's SUNDAY November 20, and it will be repeated Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

Nov. 17 2016 07:42 PM

Ok, but... Monday is the 21st? Is this on the 20th or on Monday?

Nov. 16 2016 11:13 AM
Zoran S from Aleksinac,Serbia

Happy Birthday! Your music is a powerfull part of my being. Thanks for that!

Nov. 30 2014 04:08 PM
Cerberus from Greenwich

steve, it's a homunculus like you that makes me realize once again how happy I am that I don't waste my time
posting here. This is a brief exception as Monk is one of the greatest composers of the 20th, 21st centuries and indeed in the history of music entirely. Her soul is one of the present and of ancient times. Of course I am contradicting myself by typing; but as I cannot delete your excrement from the comments, I'm briefly chiming in.
Go wallow in it.

Nov. 30 2014 12:38 PM
Other Paul

Now that we know this is all about you and what you're not ...

Nov. 25 2014 12:18 AM
Silvia Nakkach from Bay Area, CA

Meredith....If there is something manifested in my musical blood and self, it's my unconditional listening to your music. It's sahaja - not separated from me from the beginning. May you be happy and healthy. You made history, and I make sure all those who don't know, will know. Happy Birthday. Silvia Nakkach (from Bay Area and long time friend)

Nov. 24 2014 06:15 PM

She's a 20th century poseur. I thought the 21st century would relieve us of this "artiste."

I am not a Wagnerian heldentenor and I have no website, institute, or faded career to promote.

Nov. 23 2014 02:06 AM

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