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November 14 , 2011

Meredith Monk is Composer of the Year

Meredith Monk has been named Composer of the Year 2012 by Musical America. From the press release issued by the venerable US classical music resource: “Meredith Monk has been a source of amazement in American new music for nearly half a century, and she has the accolades to prove it: a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship, marathon retrospective concerts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, a prestigious record label (ECM), commissions from the San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kronos Quartet, and Houston Grand Opera. Her wide-ranging influence has reached pop, jazz, and the visual arts. Being a composer who is, in addition, a singer, keyboardist, dancer, choreographer, director, and film maker, the impetus for her music is often part of an all-embracing theatrical concept. It would be hard to locate another composer of her originality or spiritual depth in the Western classical tradition who has used her body to Monk's degree, to make music.”

Ms. Monk will be honored during a special ceremony at Lincoln Center on December 5th, alongside cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, conductor Jaap van Zweden, violinist Gil Shaman and tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

The newest ECM New Series release by Meredith Monk is “Songs of Ascension”. The album has been receiving exceptional reviews: “Language falls silent at Meredith Monk’s music. “Song of Ascension”, her radiant new work picks up where language leaves off. Space is essential to this work, which explores the idea of ascending as a nearly ubiquitous metaphor for spirituality: Spiritual things, in almost every culture, are thought to go up, to heaven, or wisdom, or enlightenment. ‘Songs of Ascension’ is a work everyone should know.” - Washington Post