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.