Dallas — If you have taken a performance studies class in college, chances are you've spent time learning about New York musician, choreographer, filmmaker and performance artist Meredith Monk. You can learn more about her here.
That's also good background so you'll be sure not to miss her when WordSpace brings her to Dallas to perform her latest show The Soul's Messenger on March 16 at Dallas City Performance Halls.
Here's more from the WordSpace news release:
Dallas-based nonprofit literary organization WordSpace is proud to announce Meredith Monk this March celebrating the internationally-recognized artist and her message behind the music. Meredith’s rare Dallas appearance features work as “a magician of the voice” in performance with the Meredith Monk Quartet. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance." The show will take place at the Dallas City Performance Hall on March 16, 2017 at 8 p.m. where attendees can experience the magic and even meet Meredith by purchase of meet and greet tickets. The Dallas City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora St. Dallas, 75201.
“If Monk is seeking a place in the classical firmament, classical music has much to learn from her...She may loom even larger as the new century unfolds, and later generations will envy those who got to see her live,” said Alex Ross of The New Yorker.
A personal passion for the artist, the event encaptures a taste of her work presented at major venues around the world, such as the Lincoln Center Festival and London’s Barbican Centre. Named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France, 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. In conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing, she was also appointed the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. One of her most notable accomplishments includes receiving the National Medal of Arts from former President Obama in September of last year.
“...she is at once fearless, unique, uncompromising and yet builds human values into work that is never polemical, and has communicated across genre boundaries long before 'crossover' was even a term,” said Anne Midgette of The Washington Post.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wordspacedallas.com/.
About Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: The Soul’s Messenger:
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Over the last fifty years, she has been hailed “one of America’s coolest composers” and “a magician of the voice”. In 1968, Monk founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance. Later, in 1978, she founded Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, consisting of some of the finest performers active in new music, to expand her musical textures and forms. The Ensemble has received multiple awards, including a 2008 GRAMMY nomination for impermanence. In addition to her numerous vocal pieces, music-theater works and operas, Monk has created vital new repertoire for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, with commissions from Carnegie Hall, Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale, among others. Aside from performing, she continues to work on other projects including writing and projects with ECM Records.
Meredith Monk, voice and keyboard
Katie Geissinger, voice
Allison Sniffin, voice and keyboard
Bohdan Hilash, woodwinds