Dancing Voice / Singing Body
Meredith Monk will lead a master class on her visionary artistic process and methods for integrating the voice and body. Beginning with breathing techniques and a physical/vocal warmup, participants will then work with the voice and body as multifaceted instruments for exploring range, timbre, gesture, resonance, character, landscape, and rhythm. Monk will also discuss her astonishing artistic trajectory over the last six decades, sharing examples of how she weaves together music, image, movement, light, and object in order to discover new modes of perception.
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films, and installations. Considered one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer of what are now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Over the last six decades, Monk has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. In conjunction with her 50th season of performing and creating work, she held the 2014-15 Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. Celebrated internationally, her work has been presented at major venues throughout the world.