Songs Of Ascension
In recent years Meredith Monk's work has been expanding into the realms of the orchestra and string quartet. Here she teams up with a string quartet of New York players well versed in new music. With winds, percussion and two vocal groups added to her already extraordinary singers, this is one of Monk's most musically ambitious ventures. Voices and instruments are paired and balanced against each other to an extent rare in her music.
Inspirations for the work included the Song of Ascents, a group of psalms said to have been sung during pilgrimages, and a timely invitation to perform at an eight-story tower designed by visual artist Ann Hamilton. Written in 2008, it is conceived as a continuous composition, a departure from Monk's earlier collaged or episodic extended works.
Songs of Ascension has been performed live to audiences internationally - including the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival - and received the very highest acclaim. It is a work that refocuses perceptions of what music theatre can achieve.
"Songs of Ascension is a major Monk work. The music is glorious. Monk's most significant growth over the past decade or two has been as a composer. She is a great master of utterance...a listener feels somehow in communication with another, perhaps wiser, species." - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"No matter what category you put it in or by what criteria you judge it, this is a special experience. I left it feeling unexpectedly moved, deeply grateful and with a sense of privilege for having been there." - The Times
Personnel: Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Ching Gonzalez, Meredith Monk, Bruce Rameker, Allison Sniffin (voices), Bohdan Hilash (woodwinds), John Hollenbeck (percussion), Allison Sniffin (violin), Todd Reynolds Quartet: Todd Reynolds (violin), Courtney Orlando (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola), Ha-Yang Kim (cello), The M6: Sasha Bogdanowitsch, Sidney Chen, Emily Eagen, Holly Nadal, Toby Newman, Peter Sciscioli (voices), Montclair State University Singers, Heather J. Buchanan (conductor)
- Clusters 1
- Strand (Gathering)
- Winter Variation
- Cloud Code
- Summer Variation
- Clusters 2
- Strand (Inner Psalm)
- Autumn Variation
- Ledge Dance
- Mapping Continued
- Clusters 3
- Spring Variation
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