The Quarantine Tapes

The Quarantine Tapes 053: Meredith Monk

Episode Summary

“There isn’t really a ‘normal’, because normal was the destruction of the planet and the myth of control. I think that, hopefully, a ‘new normal’ will be a world that affirms kindness, cooperation, and generosity rather than cruelty, selfishness, and violence.”

Episode Notes

On episode 053 Of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by multidisciplinary singer and composer Meredith Monk. Meredith offers a glimpse into practice and how it has been informed by this moment. She and Paul also discuss the value in making time for the things that give us life and the hope for a more cooperative and generous world.

Meredith Monk  is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. A pioneer in extended vocal technique and interdisciplinary performance, she recently received three of the highest honors bestowed on a living artist in the United States: induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2019), the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. 


John Cage to Philip Guston: The Empty Studio
"When you start working, everybody is in your studio—the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas—all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you're lucky, even you leave."

Watch Meredith's composition “Fields/Clouds” as sung by the Harvard College Music 184 class (taught by Meredith Monk and Katie Geissinger).


Paul Holdengraber - Co-Creator, Host, OLA Director
Anthony Audi - Co-Creator, Researcher, OLA Director
Alejandro Cohen - Co-Creator, Producer, Composer
Christian Pitt - Production Coordinator 
Erin Cooney - Copy, Production
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