Dancing Voice / Singing Body
10:00am – 5:00pm
Meredith Monk will lead a master class on her visionary technique and artistic process. After beginning with breathing techniques, participants will work with the voice and body as multifaceted instruments for exploring range, timbre, gesture, resonance, character, landscape, and rhythm. The goals are to find a balance between structure and spontaneity and to build the “feel” of an ensemble. She will also discuss her astonishing career and artistic trajectory over the last five decades, explaining how she weaves together music, image, movement, light, and object in order to discover new modes of perception.
Meredith Monk is an international legend. Currently Carnegie Hall’s composer-in-residence, she is celebrated for her work as a singer, director, choreographer, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films, and installations. 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. Her many honors include a MacArthur “genius” award, the Composer of the Year by Musical America, the Doris Duke Artist Award, and the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts. Monk is one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices and was recently named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France.