Meredith Monk - On Behalf of Nature | ECM New Series 4812794

Meredith Monk - On Behalf of Nature

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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4812794

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st October 2016

Contents

About

For five decades, vocalist-composer Meredith Monk has explored what she calls “primordial utterance,” or non-verbal vocal sound that lay beneath and beyond language, expressing “that for which we have no words”.

This exploration has led her to create music that The New Yorker describes as simultaneously “visceral and ethereal, raw and rapt,” an art that “sings, dances and meditates on timeless forces”.

With her latest, multivalent ECM New Series album, Monk aimed to address ecology and climate change, she says:

“Believing that music speaks more directly than words, I worked to make a piece with a fluid, perceptual field that could expand awareness of what we are in danger of losing.

“‘On Behalf of Nature’ is a meditation on our intimate connection to nature, its inner structures, the fragility of its ecology and our interdependence.”


Voices and instruments have equal weight: sometimes each is heard alone; sometimes they are blended to form a new, mysterious sound; sometimes they are combined to create intricate, layered, yet transparent sonic landscapes.

Personnel:
- Meredith Monk (vocals)
- Sidney Chen (vocals)
- Ellen Fisher (vocals)
- Katie Geissinger (vocals)
- Bruce Rameker (vocals)
- Allison Sniffin (vocals)
- Bohdan Hilash (woodwinds)
- John Hollenbeck (percussion)
- Allison Sniffin (piano, keyboard, violin, French horn)
- Laura Sherman (harp)

Reviews

In a way, everything [Meredith Monk] does is about ecology – that interconnectedness; those wild vocal noises – and On Behalf of Nature is a treatise without text, an outcry without words. She wants the work: “to expand our awareness of what we are in danger of losing”, and she does that by making music that sounds as if it comes from the earth, feet planted in the mud, voices erupting and gusting and keening.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 20 October 2016

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