Episode #3205

New Choral and Vocal Works

« previous episode | next episode »

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear from both Meredith Monk and David Hykes, two pioneers in what is now called “extended vocal technique.”  Composer, vocalist, choreographer, and innovator Meredith Monk has lately been expanding into the worlds of orchestra and string quartet.  And on her brand-new release, "Songs of Ascension" she achieves a new balance with her pairing of voice and instruments together with a combination of East and West in the shruti box (a drone instrument from India) together with string quartet. 

We’ll also hear the latest from David Hykes, the founder of the Harmonic Choir, on this New Sounds.  The new album, "Harmonic Mantra" includes works featuring Tibetan singer Dadon, and The Harmonic Choir, from their live performance at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Mind and Life Institute.

PROGRAM #        3205, New Vocal & Choral Works     (First aired on 5/17/11)                                                       





Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Songs of Ascension

Ascent, excerpt [1:30]
strand (inner psalm) [3:14]

ECM 2154

Musica Intima

Into Light

Jocelyn Morelock: Exaudi [10:09]

Atma 2613

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Songs of Ascension

Burn [4:18]

See above.

Musica Intima

Into Light

Claude Vivier:  Jesus Erbarme Dich [2:50]
R. Murray Schafer: First Hymn (from The Fall Into Light) [2:03]

See above.

David Hykes

Harmonic Mantra

Harmonic Mind And Life Om Mani Padme Hum [11:27]

Harmonic Presence Foundation

Musica Intima

Into Light

Bruce Sled: Ice 3:58

See above.

The Crossing

It Is Time

David Shapiro - the Years From You to Me [7:12]

Navona Records NV5845

Comments [2]

Doug from Atlanta

And I'm delighted to be able to directly download this inspiring episode of New Sounds. What a treat! I first heard David Hykes on New Sounds way back in the 1980s when you really had to send John a stamped envelope to get a playlist--and I would have never heard of him if it wasn't for this fantastic show. Here's to thirty more years of David Hykes on New Sounds!

Any plans to make other episodes available for download?

May. 21 2011 02:21 PM
David Hykes/Harmonic Presence Foundation from East Hampton

Delighted for this radio premier of my new album!

Here's the download and listening link:

Our New York fans can hear us live this Saturday in NYC, 4 30pm, Horatio St. pier, where we'll be giving the annual closing concert for Earth Celebration's wonderful Hudson River parade.

Best regards,
David Hykes

May. 18 2011 10:03 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.