Duet Behavior²: Meredith Monk & John Hollenbeck
Meredith Monk and John Hollenbeck are a mutual admiration society of two. A visionary of artistic crossover and extended vocal techniques, Monk has called Hollenbeck “one of the great musicians of our time.”
A sophisticated and ever-surprising drummer and bandleader of endless depth, Hollenbeck has called Monk’s music “folk music from another universe or a country that doesn’t exist.” Their shared performances span three decades, including Monk’s mercy, impermanence and On Behalf of Nature.
For Big Ears, Monk and Hollenbeck will premiere Duet Behavior2, an intimate music performance of Monk’s work as it has never been experienced. Through a conversational approach, they will expand and improvise on pieces from across Monk’s 50+ year catalogue, combining her pioneering vocal magic with his inventive and masterful percussion to generate new arrangements of Monk’s iconic compositions.