A last four minutes of Meredith Monk’s most recent performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music of Songs of Ascensionhas been posted on Alex Ross’ (The New Yorker) blog.
The video excerpt…comes from the final section of the work: first Monk delivers a solo, accompanying herself on a shruti box, or Indian drone instrument; then the collected vocal and instrumental forces launch into the climactic “Procession.” Monk has said that “Songs of Ascension” was inspired by Norman Fischer’s Zen translations of the Psalms, by the upward-seeking forms of spiritual structures around the world, and by Ann Hamilton’s Tower in Sonoma, California.
Monk. She is still casting her spell after all these years.
Watch it here.