#3212: Meredith Monk Live in the Greene Space

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On this New Sounds, hear live performances by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet from the record release party for Monk’s ECM release, “Songs of Ascension,” recorded in May of 2011 in the Jerome L. Greene Space.

Inspired in part by the writings of Paul Celan on the “Song of Ascents” -15 of the Psalms sung by people ascending during pilgrimages - Monk’s work uses both voices and instruments.  The strings, reeds, percussion, and shruti box (a drone instrument from India) envelop the audience in contemplative, celestial sound.  Some playful recurring sections proceed in a circular way, echoing the round form of either the stupa (Buddhism) or mosque.

PROGRAM #3212, Meredith Monk, live in the Jerome L. Greene Space (First aired on 6/7/11)                                                       





Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Todd Reynolds Quartet

New Sounds Live, 5/18/2011

cloud code, end [2:00]
strand (gathering) [1:57]
shift [1:54]
vow [3:14]
falling [2:56]
burn [4:18]

strand (inner psalm) [3:14]
ledge dance [1:52]
traces [1:23]
mapping continued
clusters 3 [2:11]
spring variation [4:05]
fathom [4:38]

This performance not commercially available. The full “Songs of Ascension” is available on ECM 2154

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Todd Reynolds Quartet

The M6

Montclair State University Singers

Songs of Ascension

Ascent [9:27]

ECM 2154