Meredith Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in order to discover new modes of perception.
For nearly 50 years, the scope and breadth of her performances, installations and site-specific works have activated architectural spaces and engaged audiences in new ways. The voice lies at the root of all her creations, which include songs, film, opera, site-specific performance, music-theater, and installations. Her pioneering exploration of the voice as an instrument expands the boundaries of musical composition. She has alternately been proclaimed as a “voice of the future” and “one of America’s coolest composers.”
Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound, discovering and weaving together new modes of perception. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words.
At Big Ears, Monk presents two collaborations: Memory Game, a concert-length program with her Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars featuring all-new arrangements of selections from Monk’s seminal catalogue. Her second collaboration at Big Ears is more intimate, Duet Behavior², which pairs her with longtime collaborator John Hollenbeck, a master percussionist and composer.