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Monk, Meredith – “Songs of Ascension” – [Ecm Records Gmbh]

humana   2/25/2012   A Library, CD

This is simply astounding, whether you listen to it and can hear the beauty of the music, or just appreciate what went into creating this recording. Composer Meredith Monk optimizes the voice as musical instrument, and experiments with it in singular settings (her Vocal Ensemble) as well as choral settings (The M6 and Montclair State University Singers). The Todd Reynolds Quartet (violins, viola, and cello) adds another layer to these songs (based on 15 Psalms intoned by pilgrims ascending on their journey). The true icing on the cake is that this was performed in an 8-story tower in Sonoma County, CA, with 2 staircases mimicking a double helix, while the performers ascended to the top. Listen and marvel.

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Max Level says

I was in that tower for a performance by Pauline Oliveros and others. there is absolutely no other place like it.

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