Meredith Monk (1942-)

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01The Magician of the Voice20161031

01The Magician of the Voice20161031

American composer Meredith Monk finds her unique voice, presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

Music and singing is in Meredith Monk's DNA. Her mother sang operetta, popular songs, and jingles for commercials. Her grandfather was an operatic bass who set up a conservatory in Harlem, and her great-grandfather was a cantor in a Moscow synagogue, and was invited to sing for the Tsar of Russia. In conversation with Donald Macleod Meredith Monk discusses her early influences from family, school and college, and how her career went on to develop in New York at a time, 1965, when she had a revelation about the possibilities of the human voice.

Book of Days (Fields/Clouds)

Johanna Arnold, voice

Joan Barber, voice

Andrea Goodman, voice

Naaz Hosseini voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Robert Een, voice

John Eppler, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Wayne Hankin, voice

Nicky Paraiso, voice

Timothy Sawyer, voice

Nurit Tilles, keyboard

Book of Days (Jewish Storyteller/Dance/Dream)

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Nicky Paraiso, voice

Timothy Sawyer, voice

Robert Een, voice

John Eppler, voice

Joan Barber, voice

Andrea Goodman, voice

Naaz Hosseini voice

Johanna Arnold, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Parlour Games

Ursula Oppens, piano

Bruce Brubaker, piano

Arr. Meredith Monk

Greensleeves

Meredith Monk, guitar and voice

Nota

Meredith Monk, guitar and voice

Candy Bullets and Moon

Meredith Monk, bass and voice

Don Preston, drums and organ

Porch

Meredith Monk, voice

Epic I

Meredith Monk, voice and organ

Atlas (Part I: Airport)

Wilbur Pauley (Airport attendant), voice

Meredith Monk (Alexandra), voice

Shi-Zheng Chen (Cheng Qing), voice

Robert Een (Erik Magnussen), voice

Allison Easter (guide) voice

Ching Gonzalez (guide), voice

Katie Geissinger (traveller), voice

Victoria Boomsma (traveller), voice

Opera Orchestra

Wayne Hankin, conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock.

01The Magician of the Voice20161031

Meredith Monk discusses with Donald Macleod her early influences.

01The Magician Of The Voice20161031

Meredith Monk discusses with Donald Macleod her early influences.

American composer Meredith Monk finds her unique voice, presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

Music and singing is in Meredith Monk's DNA. Her mother sang operetta, popular songs, and jingles for commercials. Her grandfather was an operatic bass who set up a conservatory in Harlem, and her great-grandfather was a cantor in a Moscow synagogue, and was invited to sing for the Tsar of Russia. In conversation with Donald Macleod Meredith Monk discusses her early influences from family, school and college, and how her career went on to develop in New York at a time, 1965, when she had a revelation about the possibilities of the human voice.

Book of Days (Fields/Clouds)

Johanna Arnold, voice

Joan Barber, voice

Andrea Goodman, voice

Naaz Hosseini voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Robert Een, voice

John Eppler, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Wayne Hankin, voice

Nicky Paraiso, voice

Timothy Sawyer, voice

Nurit Tilles, keyboard

Book of Days (Jewish Storyteller/Dance/Dream)

Parlour Games

Ursula Oppens, piano

Bruce Brubaker, piano

Arr. Meredith Monk

Greensleeves

Meredith Monk, guitar and voice

Nota

Candy Bullets and Moon

Meredith Monk, bass and voice

Don Preston, drums and organ

Porch

Epic I

Meredith Monk, voice and organ

Atlas (Part I: Airport)

Wilbur Pauley (Airport attendant), voice

Meredith Monk (Alexandra), voice

Shi-Zheng Chen (Cheng Qing), voice

Robert Een (Erik Magnussen), voice

Allison Easter (guide) voice

Ching Gonzalez (guide), voice

Katie Geissinger (traveller), voice

Victoria Boomsma (traveller), voice

Opera Orchestra

Wayne Hankin, conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock.

02Singing Beneath a Dolmen20161101

02Singing Beneath a Dolmen20161101

Meredith Monk discusses with Donald Macleod the inspiration behind her work Dolmen Music.

02Singing Beneath a Dolmen20161101

Meredith Monk sits and sings beneath a Dolmen in France, presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

In 1965 Meredith Monk had a revelation regarding the capabilities of the human voice, and created her own unique vocal technique. From the start Monk was interested in primordial utterance, the first sounds humans made. It was on a trip to France where she had the opportunity to visit a megalithic Dolmen. Sat beneath this stone table structure, singing with friends, Monk was inspired to compose Dolmen Music. During the 1970s she was also busy creating large scale site-specific works, including her opera epic Vessel. Quarry, another opera, she composed in 1976. Monk has said that in her whole lifetime, she felt most on fire when composing this work.

Gotham Lullaby

Meredith Monk, voice and piano

Vessel (Little Epiphany/Sybil Song)

Meredith Monk, voice and piano

Paris

Ursula Oppens, piano

Our Lady of Late (Unison)

Meredith Monk, voice and glass

Colin Walcott, glass

Gotham Lullaby

Meredith Monk, voice and piano

Quarry (Quarry Weave 2)

Musica Sacra

Richard Westenburg, condcutor

Dolmen Music

Andrea Goodman, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Monica Solem, voice

Paul Langland, voice

Julius Eastman, voice and percussion

Robert Een, voice and cello

Producer Luke Whitlock.

02Singing Beneath A Dolmen20161101

Meredith Monk sits and sings beneath a Dolmen in France, presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

In 1965 Meredith Monk had a revelation regarding the capabilities of the human voice, and created her own unique vocal technique. From the start Monk was interested in primordial utterance, the first sounds humans made. It was on a trip to France where she had the opportunity to visit a megalithic Dolmen. Sat beneath this stone table structure, singing with friends, Monk was inspired to compose Dolmen Music. During the 1970s she was also busy creating large scale site-specific works, including her opera epic Vessel. Quarry, another opera, she composed in 1976. Monk has said that in her whole lifetime, she felt most on fire when composing this work.

Gotham Lullaby

Meredith Monk, voice and piano

Vessel (Little Epiphany/Sybil Song)

Paris

Ursula Oppens, piano

Our Lady of Late (Unison)

Meredith Monk, voice and glass

Colin Walcott, glass

Quarry (Quarry Weave 2)

Musica Sacra

Richard Westenburg, condcutor

Dolmen Music

Andrea Goodman, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Monica Solem, voice

Paul Langland, voice

Julius Eastman, voice and percussion

Robert Een, voice and cello

Producer Luke Whitlock.

Meredith Monk discusses with Donald Macleod the inspiration behind her work Dolmen Music.

03The Detective Composer20161102

03The Detective Composer20161102

Composing music is like jumping off a cliff says Meredith Monk, presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

In conversation with Donald Macleod, composer Meredith Monk describes her compositional process as similar to jumping off a cliff, where she always tries to start with nothing, and encourages herself to take risks. Monk feels that composing is like being a detective where she is looking for a clue, and once found she then starts to work with it. In The Games, Monk has described this work as being like delving into the process of nature. Meredith Monk also discusses composing for, and directing film, including Ellis Island and Book of Days.

Ellis Island

Ursula Oppens, piano

Bruce Brubaker, piano

The Games (Panda Chant I)

Robert Een, voice

Andrea Goodman, voice,

Wayne Hankin, voice

Naaz Hosseini, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

The Games (Memory Song)

Andrea Goodman, voice,

Naaz Hosseini, voice and violin

Meredith Monk, voice

Wayne Hankin, keyboard

Nurit Tilles, keyboard

Do You Be

Meredith Monk, voice and piano

Book of Days (Travellers 4/Churchyard Entertainment)

Meredith Monk, voice

Andrea Goodman, voice

Robert Een, voice

Nicky Paraiso, voice

Naaz Hosseini voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Johanna Arnold, voice

Joan Barber, voice

John Eppler, voice

Timothy Sawyer, voice

Nurit Tilles, keyboard

Book of Days (Madwoman's Vision)

Meredith Monk, voice and keyboard

Robert Een, cello

Naaz Hosseini, voice and violin

Wayne Hankin, bass recorder

Acts from Under and Above (Scared Song)

Meredith Monk, voice and synthesizer

Nurit Tilles, piano

Songs of Ascension (Ascent)

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Todd Reynolds Quartet

The M6

Montclair State University Singers

Heather J. Buchanan, conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock.

03The Detective Composer20161102

Meredith Monk describes to Donald Macleod her compositional process.

03The Detective Composer20161102

Meredith Monk describes to Donald Macleod her compositional process.

Composing music is like jumping off a cliff says Meredith Monk, presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

In conversation with Donald Macleod, composer Meredith Monk describes her compositional process as similar to jumping off a cliff, where she always tries to start with nothing, and encourages herself to take risks. Monk feels that composing is like being a detective where she is looking for a clue, and once found she then starts to work with it. In The Games, Monk has described this work as being like delving into the process of nature. Meredith Monk also discusses composing for, and directing film, including Ellis Island and Book of Days.

Ellis Island

Ursula Oppens, piano

Bruce Brubaker, piano

The Games (Panda Chant I)

Robert Een, voice

Andrea Goodman, voice,

Wayne Hankin, voice

Naaz Hosseini, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

The Games (Memory Song)

Naaz Hosseini, voice and violin

Wayne Hankin, keyboard

Nurit Tilles, keyboard

Do You Be

Meredith Monk, voice and piano

Book of Days (Travellers 4/Churchyard Entertainment)

Nicky Paraiso, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Johanna Arnold, voice

Joan Barber, voice

John Eppler, voice

Timothy Sawyer, voice

Book of Days (Madwoman's Vision)

Meredith Monk, voice and keyboard

Robert Een, cello

Wayne Hankin, bass recorder

Acts from Under and Above (Scared Song)

Meredith Monk, voice and synthesizer

Nurit Tilles, piano

Songs of Ascension (Ascent)

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

Todd Reynolds Quartet

The M6

Montclair State University Singers

Heather J. Buchanan, conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock.

04Music at Play20161103

04Music at Play20161103

Meredith Monk discusses humour in her music and using the sound of coyotes in recordings.

04Music at Play20161103

Meredith Monk discusses humour in her music, and coyotes! Presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

In 1978 Meredith Monk founded her own ensemble to perform her music. This group she feels are a part of her own body, and that the singers' bodies are an integral part of the expression of her music. One long serving member is the cellist and singer Robert Een. They collaborated together on Facing North in 1990, which includes the sounds of coyotes, demonstrating Monk's interest in humour and playfulness. Monk also discusses her thoughts on other choirs and ensembles performing her music.

Folkdance

Ursula Oppens, piano

Bruce Brubaker, piano

Facing North (Arctic Bar)

Meredith Monk, voice & piano & organ

Robert Een, voice

Facing North (Hocket)

Meredith Monk, voice

Robert Een, voice

Atlas (Part II: Lonely Spirit)

Randall Wong (Lonely Spirit), voice

Meredith Monk (Alexandra), voice

Opera Orchestra

Wayne Hankin, conductor

Atlas (Part II: Forest Questions)

Meredith Monk (Alexandra), voice

Robert Een (Erik Magnussen), voice

Dana Hanchard (Gwen St. Clair), voice

Stephen Kalm (Franco Hartmann), voice

Shi-Zheng Chen (Cheng Qing), voice

Emily Eyre (Forest Dweller), voice

Janice Brenner (Forest Dweller), voice

Katie Geissinger (Forest Dweller), voice

Randall Wong (Forest Dweller), voice

Carlos Arévalo (Forest Dweller), voice

Robert Osborne (Ancient Man), voice

Allison Easter (guide) voice

Ching Gonzalez (guide), voice

Katie Geissinger (traveller), voice

Victoria Boomsma (traveller), voice

Opera Orchestra

Wayne Hankin, conductor

Nightfall

Musica Sacra

Richard Westenburg, conductor

Volcano Songs (Offering)

Meredith Monk, voice

St Petersburg Waltz

Nurit Tilles, piano

Producer Luke Whitlock.

04Music At Play20161103

Meredith Monk discusses humour in her music, and coyotes! Presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

In 1978 Meredith Monk founded her own ensemble to perform her music. This group she feels are a part of her own body, and that the singers' bodies are an integral part of the expression of her music. One long serving member is the cellist and singer Robert Een. They collaborated together on Facing North in 1990, which includes the sounds of coyotes, demonstrating Monk's interest in humour and playfulness. Monk also discusses her thoughts on other choirs and ensembles performing her music.

Folkdance

Ursula Oppens, piano

Bruce Brubaker, piano

Facing North (Arctic Bar)

Meredith Monk, voice and piano and organ

Robert Een, voice

Facing North (Hocket)

Meredith Monk, voice

Atlas (Part II: Lonely Spirit)

Randall Wong (Lonely Spirit), voice

Meredith Monk (Alexandra), voice

Opera Orchestra

Wayne Hankin, conductor

Atlas (Part II: Forest Questions)

Robert Een (Erik Magnussen), voice

Dana Hanchard (Gwen St. Clair), voice

Stephen Kalm (Franco Hartmann), voice

Shi-Zheng Chen (Cheng Qing), voice

Emily Eyre (Forest Dweller), voice

Janice Brenner (Forest Dweller), voice

Katie Geissinger (Forest Dweller), voice

Randall Wong (Forest Dweller), voice

Carlos Arévalo (Forest Dweller), voice

Robert Osborne (Ancient Man), voice

Allison Easter (guide) voice

Ching Gonzalez (guide), voice

Katie Geissinger (traveller), voice

Victoria Boomsma (traveller), voice

Nightfall

Musica Sacra

Richard Westenburg, conductor

Volcano Songs (Offering)

St Petersburg Waltz

Nurit Tilles, piano

Producer Luke Whitlock.

Meredith Monk discusses humour in her music and using the sound of coyotes in recordings.

05Codifying Meredith Monk20161104

05Codifying Meredith Monk20161104

Meredith Monk on the challenges of allowing her music to be written down and published.

05Codifying Meredith Monk20161104

Meredith Monk talks about the challenges of allowing her music to be written down and published. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

Meredith Monk's music is unique. A distinctive sound world often using extended vocal techniques from sighs to whoops. Her music is not easy to write down, but in 2000 Monk allowed some of her works to be published. She discusses with Donald Macleod how this is not an easy process, and in one particular work of hers which lasts a couple of minutes only, it took two nearly years to write it down. Another area Monk has been exploring since 2003, is composing more instrumental music starting with an orchestral commission from Michael Tilson Thomas. In more recent years she has received honorary doctorates, been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, named Composer of the Year by Musical America, and in 2015 she was honoured with the award of the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama. Yet for all her success, she says that composing music is still as difficult as it ever was.

Mercy (Shaking)

Theo Bleckmann, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Katie Geissinger, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Allison Sniffin, piano

John Hollenbeck, percussion

Gotham Lullaby

Bjork, voice

Meredith Monk Arr. Don Byron

Click Song #1

Don Byron, performer

Impermanence (Particular Dance)

Ellen Fisher, voice

Silvie Jensen, voice

Sasha Bogdanowitsch, voice

Bohdan Hilash, double ocarina, Balinese flute, zaphoon, punji

Impermanence (Between Song)

Allison Sniffin, voice and piano

Bohdan Hilash, clarinet

Songs of Ascension (Shift)

Todd Reynolds, violin

Courtney Orlando, violin

Nadia Sirota, viola

Ha-Yang Kim, cello

Bohdan Hilash, bass clarinet

Songs of Ascension (Vow)

Songs of Ascension (Burn)

Bruce Rameker, voice

Allison Sniffin, voice

Sidney Chen, voice

Emily Eagen, voice

Holly Nadal, voice

Toby Newman, voice

Peter Sciscioli, voice

Allison Sniffin, violin

Songs of Ascension (Strand: Inner psalm)

John Hollenbeck, voice

Courtney Orlando, voice

Nadia Sirota, voice

Ha-Yang Kim, voice

Light Songs (Click Song #2)

On Behalf Of Nature (Water/Sky Rant)

Bohdan Hilash, Eb clarinet, Macauan bird calls, Burmese whistles, seljefløyte

John Hollenbeck, prepared vibraphone, cuica

Allison Sniffin, keyboard, French horn, voice

Laura Sherman, harp

Producer Luke Whitlock.

Meredith Monk on the challenges of allowing her music to be written down and published.

05Codifying Meredith Monk20161104

Meredith Monk talks about the challenges of allowing her music to be written down and published. Presented by Donald Macleod.

Meredith Monk has been described as one of America's coolest composers. She is also a singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and installation artist. Monk's singular voice has been the central component in the work she has created over a trajectory spanning more than fifty years. As a pioneer in extended vocal technique and a composer of vocal and instrumental music, she has developed distinct sound worlds that have been described as "a beguiling repertoire of aviary microtones, robust yodels, and dusky, low-range chanting" and also as "a peerless mixture of otherworldly and human." Her music is identifiable as distinctly Meredith Monk, and has historically provoked strong reactions from audiences and critics alike. Now in her seventies Monk still tours performing her own works, and it was in Cologne where Donald Macleod caught up with her for Composer of the Week, to discuss her remarkable life and unique music.

Meredith Monk's music is unique. A distinctive sound world often using extended vocal techniques from sighs to whoops. Her music is not easy to write down, but in 2000 Monk allowed some of her works to be published. She discusses with Donald Macleod how this is not an easy process, and in one particular work of hers which lasts a couple of minutes only, it took two nearly years to write it down. Another area Monk has been exploring since 2003, is composing more instrumental music starting with an orchestral commission from Michael Tilson Thomas. In more recent years she has received honorary doctorates, been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, named Composer of the Year by Musical America, and in 2015 she was honoured with the award of the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama. Yet for all her success, she says that composing music is still as difficult as it ever was.

Mercy (Shaking)

Theo Bleckmann, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Katie Geissinger, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Allison Sniffin, piano

John Hollenbeck, percussion

Gotham Lullaby

Bjork, voice

Meredith Monk Arr. Don Byron

Click Song #1

Don Byron, performer

Impermanence (Particular Dance)

Meredith Monk, voice

Theo Bleckmann, voice

Katie Geissinger, voice

Ellen Fisher, voice

Silvie Jensen, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Sasha Bogdanowitsch, voice

Allison Sniffin, piano

John Hollenbeck, percussion

Bohdan Hilash, double ocarina, Balinese flute, zaphoon, punji

Impermanence (Between Song)

Meredith Monk, voice

Katie Geissinger, voice

Allison Sniffin, voice and piano

John Hollenbeck, percussion

Bohdan Hilash, clarinet

Songs of Ascension (Shift)

Todd Reynolds, violin

Courtney Orlando, violin

Nadia Sirota, viola

Ha-Yang Kim, cello

Bohdan Hilash, bass clarinet

John Hollenbeck, percussion

Songs of Ascension (Vow)

Katie Geissinger, voice

Todd Reynolds, violin

Nadia Sirota, viola

Ha-Yang Kim, cello

Songs of Ascension (Burn)

Ellen Fisher, voice

Katie Geissinger, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

Meredith Monk, voice

Bruce Rameker, voice

Allison Sniffin, voice

Sasha Bogdanowitsch, voice

Sidney Chen, voice

Emily Eagen, voice

Holly Nadal, voice

Toby Newman, voice

Peter Sciscioli, voice

Todd Reynolds, violin

Courtney Orlando, violin

Nadia Sirota, viola

Ha-Yang Kim, cello

Allison Sniffin, violin

Bohdan Hilash, bass clarinet

John Hollenbeck, percussion

Songs of Ascension (Strand: Inner psalm)

Meredith Monk, voice

Allison Sniffin, voice

Katie Geissinger, voice

Ellen Fisher, voice

Bruce Rameker, voice

Ching Gonzalez, voice

John Hollenbeck, voice

Courtney Orlando, voice

Holly Nadal, voice

Nadia Sirota, voice

Ha-Yang Kim, voice

Peter Sciscioli, voice

Todd Reynolds, violin

Bohdan Hilash, bass clarinet

Light Songs (Click Song #2)

Meredith Monk, voice

On Behalf Of Nature (Water/Sky Rant)

Meredith Monk, voice

Bohdan Hilash, Eb clarinet, Macauan bird calls, Burmese whistles, seljefløyte

John Hollenbeck, prepared vibraphone, cuica

Allison Sniffin, keyboard, French horn, voice

Laura Sherman, harp

Producer Luke Whitlock.