Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, filmmaker, and director/choreographer. A pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance,” she has created more than 200 works. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, three “Obies,” and a “Bessie” for Sustained Creative Achievement. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.
In 1968, Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. She formed Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble in 1978 to perform her unique compositions. In 1999, she performed a Vocal Offering for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama as part of the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles. In 2000, her music was honored by a three concert retrospective entitled Voice Travel as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Monk’s first orchestra piece, Possible Sky, premiered in 2003 in Miami and was performed by the Hamburg Symphony in 2006. Stringsongs, her first composition for string quartet had its world premiere at the Barbican Center in 2005.
Monk has made more than a dozen recordings, and her music has been heard in numerous films. Her latest CD, impermanence, was nominated for a Grammy, and her most recent theater work, Songs of Ascension,premiered in 2008.
What People are Saying About Meredith Monk
“Meredith Monk has kept, quietly and firmly, to her own course, with the singleness of purpose and richness of vision of a truly great artist.””
—New York Times