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10 Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know About Meredith Monk

10 Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know About Meredith Monk

Who is Meredith Monk? She is a fascinating artist with a distinguished career of accomplishments in numerous arts, including music, dance, film, and more. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, Meredith Monk is a pioneer in vocal skills/arts now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.”

Here are 10 fascinating facts you might not know about Meredith Monk:

  1. She wrote “Panda Chant II” for The Games—a “science-fiction musical spectacle about the perpetual re-enactment of social, political and cultural hierarchies by human beings.”
  2. She was the subject of a famous Robert Mapplethorpe photograph.
  3. In 2014, she celebrated 50 years of artistic contributions, which the New York Times noted in “A Singular World That Won’t Fade Away.”
  4. She once received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant.
  5. She was one card in the set of 72 Supersisters trading cards.
  6. Her “Walking Song” was featured in the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski.
  7. She wrote and directed two award-winning films: Ellis Island (1981) and Book of Days (1988).
  8. Her Wikipedia entry is a treasure trove of all things Monk.
  9. In 2015, Meredith Monk was awarded the National Medal of Arts by U.S. President Barack Obama. This is the highest honor in the United States specifically given for achievement in the arts.
  10. Did we mention “Panda Chant II”? Here’s another version. Watch and listen!

Meredith Monk taught Voice as Practice in April of 2018 at 1440 Multiversity.


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