New Sounds Live
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble with the Todd Reynolds Quartet
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
at The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street (at Varick)
1 to Houston, C/E to Spring Street
“Why is up more sacred than down?” In Songs of Ascension, composer, vocalist, director/choreographer, and auteur Meredith Monk reflects on the notion that spirituality more often leads upward than downward. Inspired in part by the writings of Paul Celan on the “Song of Ascents” -15 of the Psalms sung by people ascending during pilgrimages - Monk’s work weaves together voices and instruments; the strings, reeds, percussion, and shruti box (a drone instrument from India) envelop the audience in contemplative, celestial sound. Some playful recurring sections proceed in a circular way, echoing the round form of either the stupa (Buddhism) or mosque. Join New Sounds Live for the record release party for Monk’s ECM release, “Songs of Ascension,” featuring live performances and conversation with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet.