Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Meredith Monk

I'm listening to the CD Volcano Songs these days and was intrigued by the minimalist and haunting quality of the music. Then I found out more about the musician Meredith Monk: a composer, performer, director, vocalist, film-maker, and choreographer. I always admire people who have multi-talents and blur the boundaries between different art forms. In her own words: I work in between the cracks, where the voice starts dancing, where the body starts singing, where theater becomes cinema. Many of her vocal works are very innovative: pure voices rather than lyrics or instrument construct a complex and emotional music peice.

I'd like to check out more of her works including the two films made by her: Ellis Island and Book of Days. There's a documentary about her on YouTube -
I also found an interview with her on NPR last year -
Meredith Monk: Of Posterity and 'Impermanence'


Linda said...

Hua, I had never heard of her before and decided to check out a CD of hers from the library. Her 'Do you Be' cd is really good, it is amazing how they use their voices on the CD as the instruments in the songs, and some of her sounds are very related to nature, sounds very birdlike!

Thanks for recommending her!

XENIA said...

I'll try to find 'Do you Be' and thanks for your recommendation!

Happy Year of the Ox!