Musical Meditation

“All of us have impermanence in common,” according to Meredith Monk. The latest work by the composer/singer/director/choreographer/multi-media artist, “Impermanence,” is currently at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. It combines music, movement, video projections, and lighting design (with light almost functioning as another musical instrument), into a haunting evocation of the passage of time. Inspired by her work with hospice patients in London and the death of her long-time partner, Monk has created a musical meditation on the impermanence and ephemeral quality of life. She joins John Schaefer to give us a preview of the work on this New Sounds program.

PROGRAM # 2601, with Meredith Monk (First aired on Nov. 2, 2006)





Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble


Maybe [2:30]

From the forthcoming CD “Impermanence” – due in 2007 on ECM Records.

Meredith Monk


Last Song [5:00]

Same as above.

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Private recording

Skeleton Lines [3:30]

Same as above.

Meredith Monk & Robert Een

Facing North

Hocket [4:30]

ECM #1482** *

Lena Willemark/Ale Möller


Vallsvit [5:30]

ECM #1536, *

Mari Boine Persen

Gula Gula

Gula Gula [4:00]

Real World #91631** www.realworld

Anna-Kaisa Liedes

Oi Miksi

Se tie oli pitkä [6:00]

Riverboat #1009. available online at*

Liisa Matveinen


Harmaa [4:00]

Olarin Musiikki #55. available online at*

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