#3938: Meredith Monk, On Behalf of Nature, In Studio

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Composer Meredith Monk

Vocalist and composer Meredith Monk is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose work involves music, dance, film, and theatre, and most impressively, unites all of these creative activities. Her most recent record, also a music theatre piece, On Behalf of Nature, was written in response to climate change, reminding us to wake up, look around us, and take some kind of action. Originally recorded for the Soundcheck podcast, hear Meredith Monk and her Ensemble in the studio, featuring voice as instrument, bamboo whistle, contrabass clarinet, marimba, prepared piano, among other sounds.

Also, hear more music from Monk and the Vocal Ensemble, which also concentrates on sounds, rather than words. Plus, hear her music performed by other groups, like the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. 

PROGRAM #3938,  With Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble (First Aired 1-20-2017)       

ARTIST: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
WORK: Fractal Activity, excerpt [2:19]
RECORDING: On Behalf of Nature
SOURCE: ECM 4812794
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
WORK: Dark Light, #1 [4:34], Eon [2:53], Water Sky Rant [5:45]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC, 12/23/2016
SOURCE: These performances not commercially available. 
INFO: The pieces appear on On Behalf of Nature.

ARTIST: Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
WORK: Meredith Monk - Basket Rondo, Basket A [2:45]
RECORDING: Meredith Monk:Basket Rondo/Eric Salzman: Jukebox in the Tavern of Love
SOURCE: LAB 7094
INFO: laborrecords.com

ARTIST: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
WORK: Spider Web Anthem [6:07]
RECORDING: On Behalf of Nature
SOURCE: ECM 4812794
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
WORK: Mad Woman’s Vision [7:43]
RECORDING: Book of Days
SOURCE: ECM #1399
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Pacific Mozart Ensemble
WORK: Meredith Monk: Return to Earth, excerpt [1:44]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live,  11/9/05
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.