• Composer, singer, director, choreographer, and filmmaker whose six-decade body of work seamlessly integrates music, movement, and visuals in deeply poignant performances.
• Celebrated for pioneering an entire genre of musical expression through the human voice
• Has created more than 100 works in genres ranging from solo and ensemble vocal pieces to opera, orchestra, chamber music, and film
• Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Kronos Quartet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale.Recipient of three Obie Awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, the John Cage Award, and the 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.
Works by Meredith Monk include:
Panda Chant II (1984) for chorus a cappella
Three Heavens and Hells (1992) for four voices
Stringsongs (2005) for string quartet
Weave (2010) for chorus and orchestra
Looking Ahead: Meredith Monk gives an intimate concert reflecting six decades of her innovative works along with two members of her renowned Vocal Ensemble at Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center (Aug 26). This is followed by a performance of MEMORY GAME with Monk, her Vocal Ensemble, and Bang on a Can All-Stars at The Ford in Los Angeles (Aug 31).
“Meredith Monk: Calling” is a new retrospective exhibition dedicated to Monk’s immersive work, with several of her major works presented as multi-sensorial installations. From October to March, the exhibition is presented in collaboration at Haus der Kunst München and Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, together with the Hartwig Art Foundation.
"When the time comes, perhaps a hundred years from now, to tally up achievements in the performing arts during the last third of the 20th century, one name that seems sure to loom large is that of Meredith Monk. In originality, in scope, in depth, there are few to rival her." — The Washington Post