Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer, filmmaker, and creator of new opera and music-theater works.  Over the last five decades, she has been acclaimed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts, and a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique”. Recently Monk was named Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France, recipient of the 2013 Founders Award from New Music USA, the 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America, a 2012 Doris Duke Artist, and one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices. She was inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006, and holds honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from several universities, including the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Art Institute and Boston Conservatory.

In 1965, Monk began her innovative exploration of the voice as a multifaceted instrument, composing mostly solo pieces for unaccompanied voice and voice and keyboard. In 1968 she founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. In 1978, she formed Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble to further expand her musical textures and forms. In addition to numerous vocal, music-theater works and operas, Monk has created vital new repertoire for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, with commissions from Michael Tilson Thomas/New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Monk has made more than a dozen recordings, most of which are on the ECM New Series label (including the 2008 GRAMMY nominated impermanence), and her music has been featured in films by Jean-Luc Godard and the Coen Brothers, among others.

Celebrated internationally, Monk’s work has been presented by Lincoln Center Festival, BAM, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre, and at major venues in countries from Brazil to Syria. Her newest music-theater work, On Behalf of Nature, premiered at UCLA in January of this year, is currently touring internationally.

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  • Sat. Nov 2, 7:30 pm
Female vocalists demonstrate the range of the human voice through Extended Vocal Technique, bringing early pioneers and new practitioners to the stage. Featuring Joan La Barbara, Maja Ratkje and The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation.