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Slovenská hudba, Vol. 36, No 4, p. 390-403

Title: Hudební archeoložka Meredith Monk
Author: Lenka Kılıç

Abstract: American composer, singer, choreographer, performer and movie-maker Meredith Monk is also often called a pioneer in the domain of the so-called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance”. Her work is a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk. Music and human voice play a crucial role, joined with movement, image, light and objects. Thus while listening to Meredith Monk’s original music new ways of perception may occur. Her work has influenced many artists, from the realm of both classical and popular music. Herself, she feels to belong to the former one. Coming from performance and minimal music she has created a unique musical language using human voice in an absolutely new way and in new relations. Distinctiveness and originality of her work is based on its simplicity (although often quite apparent), and in the profoundness, openness and accessibility for all people all over the world, either musically educated or untouched by music. Meredith Monk draws on original sources and therefore her music does not follow fashion trends, but it is and remains ageless and pure. During her more than 45-year artistic career the public as well as expert critique have recognized her as the most important creative power in performing arts.

Year: 2010, Volume: 36, Issue: 4 Page From: 390, Page To: 403

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