Meredith Monk. Photo by Julieta Cervantes
Two iconic women known for their mesmerizing stage presences join forces for a singular evening of music, movement, and poetry. “One of contemporary music’s great innovators” (The Classical Review), Meredith Monk is renowned for her extraordinary vocal technique and her pioneering compositions, solidifying her reputation as a startlingly original and intrepid artist. In 1968, she founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance, and in 1978, she founded Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble to expand her musical forms. Anne Waldman is a prolific poet, playwright, activist, and the author of more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics, including Fast Speaking Woman (1975) and Marriage: A Sentence (2000). She was a founder and director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York and co-founded with Allen Ginsberg the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Kicking off an evening in three parts, Waldman begins with a performative reading from her “Entanglement Variations,” with visuals of paintings by Pat Steir and sound composition by Ambrose Bye. Meredith Monk will then perform several selections of her work with members of her Vocal Ensemble. The evening culminates in an original collaborative duet between Monk and Waldman.
First Republic Bank is proud to sponsor the ICA’s 2016–17 Performance Season.