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Meredith Monk & Bang on a Can All-Stars

Meredith Monk
& Bang on a Can All-Stars

Memory Game

Sat   Mar   26   2022 - 3:30 PM Tennessee Theatre

There’s the voice in the sense of an instrument and the voice in the sense of a personal perspective. But in the case of Meredith Monk, who has remade both senses in her long career, the difference melts away.

Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist whose limitless vocal innovation has served to amplify a vast and holistic vision of nature, humanity, memory, and time. She has spent part of the last decade decade pulling the past through the keyhole of the present, conjuring fresh new music and theater from her deep archive. In 2010, she restaged her classic 1972 solo from Education of the Girlchild, in which she portrays a woman aging in reverse, as if meeting herself on the other side of time’s long looking glass. In 2013, Monk brought On Behalf of Nature, an evening-length work built around fragments from old notebooks, which ECM released as an album in 2016.

Last year, Cantaloupe Music issued MEMORY GAME, which features unrecorded selections from Monk’s sci-fi opera, The Games, and reworked pieces from classic albums such as Do You Be and impermanence. The new arrangements by longtime collaborators Bang on a Can All-Stars—including some by the peerless composer-performer collective’s founding triumvirate, Michael Gordon alongside Pulitzer-winners Julia Wolfe and David Lang—were hailed by The Guardian for their “compelling authority.” Side by side is Monk with her celebrated Vocal Ensemble, including Theo Bleckmann, Katie Geissinger, and Allison Sniffin.

Both returning to Big Ears, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars give the live premiere of MEMORY GAME, at once a retrospective, a prescient outlook and a new take on an American master’s work..

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