Episode #3205

New Choral and Vocal Works

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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 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

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Comments [1]

April from Manhattan

Tibetans chanting chords, (each monk chanting a chord, is an old tradition in Tibet. Have you heard the Gyaso Monks? Don't give the impression, as you seemed, that westerners invented chanting chords. We didn't. Tibetans did. Now the preservation of Tibetan culture is perilous in Tibet, the more it's important we learn from them. Doing first as they do, then as we do. But giving credit, as The Chinese try to literally eradicate their culture. Some time perhaps you'll play the Gyatso monks alone. And Tibetan nuns.

On another topic, I discovered a cab driver was as hung up as I on The Jerusalem Project. Now, seemingly, all gone but a few meaningless words on WQXR and a little guitar music. That project seemed to us to hold the key to the three great - ever tussling -"great" monotheistic religions hear a music they all understand. How was it lost? The internet was to make everything forever, a dead friend pops up on facebook. A program in itself you might want to cover.

Aug. 23 2012 12:00 AM

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