On Demand Audio: Meredith Monk's 'Piano Songs,' Transcriptions at Le Poisson Rouge

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bruce Brubaker, Meredith Monk and Ursula Oppens From left to right: Bruce Brubaker, Meredith Monk and Ursula Oppens (Andrew Hurlbut, ECM-Records)

On Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm, join Q2 Music for a live videocast of a 72nd birthday concert honoring the pioneering performer-composer Meredith Monk at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert features pianists Bruce Brubaker and Ursula Oppens performing excerpts from Monk's new album "Piano Songs" as well as recent transcriptions of earlier works.

A versatile performer, Monk is most readily known for her acrobatic, shamanistic exploration of the limits of the human voice – an exploration rooted in her early epiphany that the human voice could be like the human body, and twist, jump and assume all manner of shape and motion. In more recent years, Monk's attention has also turned to orchestral, chamber and instrumental writing, revealing yet another side to her organic, evolving creative journey.

2014-2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Meredith Monk's professional career with, among others, orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall and her concert-length On Behalf of Nature at Brooklyn Academy of Music.  


Phantom Waltz

Window in 7's

St. Petersburg Waltz


Trekking + Happy Birthday


Complete Program:

Urban March (Shadow) 
Ellis Island
Phantom Waltz
Railroad (Travel Song)
Window in 7’s 
Quarry Waltz 
Excerpt from Steppe Music
Excerpt from Stringsongs 
St. Petersburg Waltz
Parlour Games

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEREDITH MONK !!! Your refreshing new approaches to the voice and instrument possibiliities widening our scenario pof options is exhilarating. Hundreds of years ago BACH turned his wizardry in music into exploring all manner of formats. Every singer and instrumentalist should experience the uplift singing or playiing Bach. His joy and high spirits are everywhere in his music. That he was also a happy family man with children who carried on his musical tradition with great success. BACH is as great as one may reasonably expect given the scenario of minor talents now. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer; "Shakespeare' and "The Political Shakespeare," and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My 6 websites carry my 37 out of the over 100 selections of my singing four three-hour-long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall. They may be downloaded FREE at Recorded Selections. www.WagnerOpera.com
Like Shakespeare, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, had such comprehensive vision of the world he knew and such an imagination and compositional virtuosity to reach deep into many formats and get his message across. MOZART, BEETHOVEN and WAGNER IMHO are the only other musical geniuses that may still be as BACH widely played and appreciated one hundred years from now. Great as BACH was/is each composer has his/her own style and format and content so it is not appropriate to claim the top of the totem pole to any one great composer, no matter how great. I am partial to RICHARD WAGNER because his music most touchest both my personal and professional life. But Mozart, Beethoven, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Massenet, Giordano, Schubert, Arnold Schonberg, Brahms, Richard and Johann Strauss, Bizet, Meyerbeer and Hugo Wolf all have legitimate claims on my leisure as well as professional life. Ask a mother or father who their favorite child is if they have more than one and one will see it is not that easy to marginalize one's preferences. ALL deserve our attention and respect. There will always be time and devotion cheerfully dedicated to the presentation of this great master's ouevre. The test of time is virtually always the most respected judgment on the preciousness of anything. BACH's music has met that test. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH is one of the great titanic geniuses of music and his music and its influence will be forever with us no matter what the current fads that will turn up as certainly as day follows night. SIngers and instrumentalists and music lovers all clamor for more BACH.

Nov. 20 2014 10:49 AM

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