Performance Sunday, March 22, 2015 | 3 PM

Meredith Monk and Friends

Zankel Hall
Meredith Monk invites a group of colleagues from the new music, classical, jazz, and DJ worlds to demonstrate her wide-reaching influence and to celebrate her 50th anniversary of creating work in New York. Featuring an all-Monk program with Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble at the helm, the concert includes music from her opera ATLAS, selections from the acclaimed Songs of Ascension, and new arrangements and interpretations of existing works.

Part of My Time, My Music.


  • Bang on a Can All-Stars
    ·· Ashley Bathgate, Cello
    ·· Robert Black, Bass
    ·· Vicky Chow, Piano
    ·· Ian Antonio, Percussion
    ·· Taylor Levine, Guitar
    ·· Ken Thomson, Clarinets
  • Don Byron and Guests
  • Rigdzin Pema Collins, Violin
  • Patricia Franceschy, Vibraphone
  • Future Quest
    ·· Theo Bleckmann, Vocals
    ·· John Hollenbeck, Percussion
    ·· Ellery Eskelin, Saxophone
    ·· Tony Malaby, Saxophone
    ·· Erik Deutsch, Keyboard
  • Ha-Yang Kim
  • Lukas Ligeti
  • The M6
  • Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble
  • Missy Mazzoli and Victoire
  • Courtney Orlando
  • Cynthia Powell
  • Lee Ranaldo
  • Todd Reynolds
  • Nadia Sirota
  • DJ Spooky
  • Young People's Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
  • John Zorn and Cyro Baptista
  • John Schaefer, Host


  • Cellular Songs (work in progress)
  • "Future Quest" from ATLAS: an opera in three parts (arr. Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck)
  • "Wheel" from The Games (arr. Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck)
  • "Dawn" from Book of Days (remix DJ Spooky)
  • "Fields/Clouds" from Book of Days (remix DJ Spooky)
  • "Click Song #1" from Light Songs (arr. Don Byron)
  • "passage / What does it mean?" (arr. Missy Mazzoli; World Premiere)
  • "Gotham Lullaby" (arr. Todd Reynolds)
  • "Memory Song" from The Games (arr. Julia Wolfe)
  • "totentanz" from impermanence (arr. David Lang; World Premiere)
  • "Double Fiesta" (arr. David Lang)
  • "Things Heaven and Hell" from Three Heavens and Hells (arr. Allison Sniffin)
  • "Dungeon"
  • "Shadow Song" from The Games (reimagined Lukas Ligeti; World Premiere)
  • "Tablet"
  • "Astronaut Anthem" from The Games (arr. Lee Ranaldo; World Premiere)
  • Selections from ATLAS: an opera in three parts
  • Selections from Songs of Ascension
  • "Panda Chant II"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately four hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Bang on a Can All-Stars

    Ian Antoniohas concertized across four continents with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras, experimental rock bands, and avant-garde theater companies. He is a member of the piano percussion quartet Yarn/Wire, Wet Ink Ensemble, percussion group Talujon, and Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf; from 2003 to 2012, he was a member of the difficult-to-categorize trio Zs. His playing can be heard on the Carrier, Nonesuch, Warp, Wergo, The Social Registry, and Kairos record labels, among others. Mr. Antonio currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, directs the Norwalk Youth Symphony percussion program, and serves as a teaching artist for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He attended Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music.

    Critically acclaimed cellist
    Ashley Bathgatehas been praised for her ferocity, rich tone, and imaginative phrasing. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the resulting chemistry is a pillar of Ms. Bathgate's philosophy as a performer. Her affinity for dynamism drives her to venture into previously uncharted areas of groundbreaking sounds and techniques, thereby breaking the mold of the cello's traditionally perceived voice. Collaborators and fans alike describe her vitality as nothing short of remarkable and magical. In addition to being a member of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Bang on a Can All-Stars, she is also the founding member of two chamber groups: TwoSense and Bonjour.

    Robert Blacktours the world creating new music for solo bass. He collaborates with the most adventurous composers, musicians, dancers, artists, actors, and technophiles from all walks of life. He has commissioned, collaborated, or performed with musicians who range from John Cage to DJ Spooky, Elliott Carter to Meredith Monk, Cecil Taylor to young emerging composers, as well as the Brazilian painter Ige D'Aquino, Japanese choreographer Yoshiko Chuma, American actor Kathryn Walker, English sound artist and DJ Mira Calix, and Swiss-American filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt. Mr. Black is a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and he teaches at The Hartt School, Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil, and the Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program. His current project, Possessed, is a series of solo improvisatory outdoor performances in Utah's rugged canyon and desert landscape; it will be released in DVD and CD format on Cantaloupe Music in 2015. Visit for more information.

    Joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 2009, Canadian pianist
    Vicky Chowis also a member of New Music Detroit and Grand Band, and has worked with other ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, and TRANSIT. As an artist frequently broadcasted on Q2 Music, her recorded works can be found on labels such as Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Tzadik, New Amsterdam Records, and Innova Recordings. Her performances of John Cage and Morton Feldman were featured in the BBC Radio 3 series, The Sound and The Fury. Her latest album, Tristan Perich: Surface Image, was on Rolling Stone's 2014 list of Best Avant Albums. In addition to performing, Ms. Chow curates a new-music series in New York called Contagious Sounds. Ms. Chow is a graduate of The Juilliard School. Visit for more information.

    New York City-based guitarist
    Taylor Levineis a founding member of Dither, an electric guitar quartet. In addition, he performs a variety of composed and improvised music with a wide range of groups, including Ensemble Signal, Kronos Quartet, Marc Ribot, Tyondai Braxton, Erykah Badu, eighth blackbird, Blarvuster, Newband, Weasel Walter, Eve Beglarian, ETHEL, New York City Opera, New World Symphony, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Wordless Music Orchestra. Mr. Levine also pursues an active role as an educator. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Mr. Levine currently resides in Brooklyn, where he can often be found building a variety of electronic circuits.

    Ken Thomsonis a Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer. He is the music director for Bang on a Can's 12-piece winds and percussion collective Asphalt Orchestra. His own projects include his acclaimed jazz and new-music hybrid quintet Slow/Fast, which has released two albums. The 2013 recording Thaw (Cantaloupe Music), which features his compositions performed by the JACK Quartet, was called the No. 1 Classical CD of the Year by As a composer, Mr. Thomson has been commissioned by American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can, True/False Film Festival, and others, and has received awards from ASCAP and New Music USA. He is a Conn-Selmer / Selmer Paris and D'Addario Woodwinds Artist. Visit for more information.

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  • Don Byron and Guests

    New York-born
    Don Byronis a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts who explores widely divergent traditions. As a clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger, he redefines every genre of music he plays, whether it's classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, R&B, gospel, or any jazz style. He has performed on more than a dozen of recordings as bandleader, including Ivey-Divey, which earned a Grammy Award nomination and was named JazzTimes' Record of the Year in 2004. For the past two decades, Mr. Byron has been consistently voted best clarinetist by leading international music magazines. He is a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist, as well as a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists Prudential Fellowship. In 2009, Mr. Byron was awarded the Rome Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Composition. Also a gifted teacher, he has led residencies at many universities, including Harvard and Columbia, and was a visiting professor at MIT and the University of Albany.

    Rob DeBellishas been performing as a multi-reed instrumentalist in New York City for more than three decades. As a regular performer in The Lion King on Broadway, his woodwind fluency makes him a versatile entity on the music scene. He has recorded and performed internationally with artists such as Don Byron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Holly Cole, Mongo Santamaría, Uri Caine, Jason Robert Brown, Brad Jones, Joe Daley, James Emery, Marty Ehrlich, and Phillip Johnston. Mr. DeBellis's solo album, Parallax (Vintone Records), features his compositional and improvisational perspectives in collaboration with a number of New York's top creative musicians. His woodwinds appear in film scores by composers David Mansfield, Pat Irwin, Phillip Johnston, and Jason Hwang. He has also recorded and/or performed with a diversity of pop icons from JAY Z to Marianne Faithfull. Mr. DeBellis is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and directs ensembles at the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey.

    Bass clarinetist, composer, and bandleader
    Todd Marcusis one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on the bass clarinet as a solo instrument. While use of bass clarinet in jazz typically leans towards avant-garde and free-jazz styles, Mr. Marcus's playing presents the instrument with a modern straight-ahead jazz approach. His music swings hard with both fiery and introspective intensity, but also maintains a strong lyrical sensibility. Based in Baltimore, Mr. Marcus actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quartet, Trio, and Duo, as well as the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, which features his compositions and arrangements for six horns, piano, bass, and drums. Self-taught in jazz theory and composition, Mr. Marcus's compositions draw largely on jazz and classical influences, but in recent years have also increasingly explored sounds from his Egyptian heritage.

    Composer and clarinetist
    Evan Ziporynperforms regularly with Iva Bittová and Gyan Riley as EVIYAN. He is additionally the founder and director of Gamelan Galak Tika and inaugural director of MIT's Center for Art, Science, and Technology. His works were featured in Carnegie Hall's Making Music: Evan Ziporyn concert in 2010, and his opera, A House in Bali, was presented that same year as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival. Other notable Zankel Hall presentations of his works include premiere performances by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble (featuring Sandeep Das and Wu Man) and American Composers Orchestra, as well as at John Adams's In Your Ear Festival. Mr. Ziporyn received a Grammy Award as a performing member of the Steve Reich Ensemble. Recent projects include In My Mind and in My Car with Christine Southworth, Uncovered with Maya Beiser, and works for Roomful of Teeth and Brooklyn Rider. His performance of Don Byron's Clarinet Concerto, which he commissioned, will be released next month on Sunnyside Records.

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  • Rigdzin Pema Collins

    Rigdzin Pema Collins began studying improvisation in Indianapolis, playing with the Indiana School for the Blind Jazz Ensemble. She attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she studied with John Blake Jr., Regina Carter, Mark Helias, and Reggie Workman. She has performed and recorded with Stefon Harris and Blackout, Regina Carter, Tipica Novel, Charansalsa, Son Sublime, Orquesta Broadway, DJ Spooky, and Bad Credit No Credit.

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  • Patricia Franceschy

    Originally from Mexico, Patricia Franceschy has toured all over the world with renowned symphony orchestras and ensembles. She has also received numerous awards. Her constant search for freedom in her musical expression led her to find her voice through the vibraphone and other mallet percussion instruments in improvisational music and composition. Ms. Franceschy performs with the Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, along with musicians such as saxophonist Tony Malaby and vocalist Theo Bleckmann. She is also a member of bassist Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus, a large jazz ensemble that features brilliant improvisers and instrumentalists. Ms. Franceschy has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz Standard, as well as appearing on national television and public radio. Recent projects include a recording on ECM Records with Ensemble Kolossus. Ms. Franceschy holds a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master's degree in music from New York University.

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  • Future Quest

    For Theo Bleckmann's and John Hollenbeck's biographies, see Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble.

    Born in Washington, DC, and currently living in Brooklyn, keyboardist
    Erik Deutschsplits his time between performing in his own band and backing up artists like Norah Jones, Steven Bernstein, Jenny Scheinman, Rosanne Cash, Ben Allison, and more. Mr. Deutsch holds the distinction of being the only keyboardist to tour regularly with seven-string guitar master Charlie Hunter, and he has spent the last few years on the road with Shooter Jennings, Citizen Cope, Alice Smith, and Phillip Phillips. This year marks the release date of his fourth record, Outlaw Jazz, which features a new blend of countrified jazz with his signature psychedelic, soulful sound. Visit for more information.

    Saxophonist and international touring and recording artist
    Ellery Eskelinhas lived and worked in New York City for the past 30 years. Mr. Eskelin's work has placed him at the forefront of the international improvised music scene, having received acclaim from such publications as DownBeat, Village Voice, and The New Yorker. He is best known for his group with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black, and his recent work with Trio New York takes a freely improvised approach to the Great American Songbook. Mr. Eskelin received a grant from Chamber Music America's French-American Jazz Exchange Program in 2007 and from its New Jazz Works program in 2014.

    In his two decades as an integral member of the thriving improvised music community of New York City, saxophonist and composer
    Tony Malabyhas emerged as a unique and singular voice. He was recently named one of DownBeat's 80 Coolest Things in Jazz Today. In recent years, Mr. Malaby has led and recorded many of his own projects, including his work as part of Tamarindo Trio with Nasheet Waits and William Parker; TubaCello with John Hollenbeck, Chris Hoffman, and Dan Peck; and Paloma Recio with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik, and Mr. Waits. In the coming months, Mr. Malaby releases the debut record of his TubaCello band on Clean Feed Records, as well as continues his extensive touring with Tamarindo and TubaCello. Visit for more information.

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  • Ha-Yang Kim

    Ha-Yang Kim creates new music as a composer and cellist, regularly collaborating with ensembles and artists at festivals and diverse performance venues throughout the world. Her music draws from a breadth of Western classical, avant-garde, experimental, rock, electronic, noise, and improvisation traditions alongside non-Western influences from Bali, South India, and Korea. It draws inspiration from acoustic phenomena and ritual ceremonial processes, and is characterized by an organic visceral lyricism of sound that is influenced by the East Asian sense of space and emptiness. Ms. Kim developed a unique signature language of extended string techniques and has also composed music for film, dance, and multimedia productions. She performs throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Russia, Turkey, Morocco, Bali, Cuba, and Canada. She composed the original score for the documentary film Dior and I, which will be released in theaters worldwide this spring, and has released two albums of her compositions-AMA and Threadsuns-on the Tzadik record label. Highlights for this season include performances of the Bach solo cello suites at BAM with Douglas Dunn + Dancers, and a residency at Roulette that features the premiere of her full-length audiovisual work Terminals.

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  • Lukas Ligeti

    Lukas Ligeti's highly original music draws upon "downtown" New York City experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, and traditions from around the world. His compositions have been commissioned by Bang on a Can, Kronos Quartet, Ensemble Modern, American Composers Orchestra, and others. As a drummer, he has worked with John Zorn, Gary Lucas, Marilyn Crispell, and John Tchicai, among others. He has given solo electronics performances on four continents. Active in experimental intercultural collaboration across Africa for more than 20 years, he co-leads Burkina Electric, the first electronica band from Burkina Faso. In 2010, he received California Institute of the Arts' Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. In 2015, two New York festivals will be dedicated to Mr. Ligeti's music: an overview of his jazz and improvised music at The Stone from March 31 until April 5, and a June festival of his chamber and orchestral music that culminates in a June 14 concert at Roulette. Visit for more information.

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  • The M6

    Sasha Bogdanowitschis a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and educator whose work ranges from music for theater, dance, and film to interdisciplinary performance and original songs. He has a master's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor's degree from the California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Bogdanowitsch is a co-founder of World In One, a nonprofit arts organization, as well as interdisciplinary theater troupe Loom Ensemble and vocal duo SoCorpo. He is also a founding member of The M6 vocal sextet and has worked with many other artists and companies, including Meredith Monk, Lou Harrison, Hesperus, Just Strings, and the American Festival of Microtonal Music. He has performed worldwide and throughout the New York City area in venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Symphony Space, BAM, Roulette, and The Stone. He will soon release a new CD for voice and shakuhachi that features the poetry of Sam Hamill, John Logan, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Visit for more information.

    Sidney Chen
    is a founding member of The M6, with whom he appears on the ECM recording Songs of Ascension. He also performs as part of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and is currently in Ms. Monk's most recent stage work, On Behalf of Nature. He also sang in the premiere performances of Ms. Monk's Realm Variations with the San Francisco Symphony as part of the American Mavericks festival. In 2006, he participated in the Meredith Monk Young Artists Concert in Zankel Hall. This season, he performs Luciano Berio's Sinfonia for eight soloists and orchestra with the San Francisco new music ensemble Volti. He sang in the 45th-anniversary celebration organized by Kronos Quartet of Terry Riley's In C at Carnegie Hall, and performed in a staged production of David Lang's the little match girl passion by San Francisco Lyric Opera, which toured to Denmark.

    Emily Eagenis a versatile performer of contemporary, early, and folk music. She sings with The M6, has toured and recorded with the vocal ensemble moira smiley & VOCO, and recently performed as a member of the vocal trio in Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer with Bang on a Can All-Stars. Ms. Eagen works as a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and as a regular faculty member at the Amherst Early Music Festival in Connecticut and the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia; she is also a doctoral student at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Also a professional whistler and two-time international whistling champion, Ms. Eagen can be heard whistling, singing, and playing the ukulele with the Brooklyn blues and old-time band The Whistling Wolves, and was commissioned to write a concert of original songs that the Wolves will premiere on the Carnegie Kids series this April.

    New York City-based vocalist
    Holly Nadalis one of the founding members of The M6. A versatile singer, she enjoys working with composers and has premiered a variety of musical theater and classical works with the Sirens of Brooklyn. She also performs her own arrangements of early music for voice and electronics. She appears on Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension (ECM), Van Stiefel's Solaris (New Focus Recordings), and Sufjan Stevens's All Delighted People (Asthmatic Kitty Records).

    Toby Newmanis a versatile artist who actively performs new music, opera, and classical concert repertoire. She starred in Meredith Monk's feature-length film Book of Days and performs the composer's work as part of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble. In 2006, she participated in the Meredith Monk Young Artists Concert in Zankel Hall. Ms. Newman works regularly with composer Robert Een and was featured in the world premiere of his opera The Escape Artist at the Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles. Ms. Newman has also premiered works by Huang Ruo, Thomas Pasatieri, and Hugo Kauder, among others. She has made appearances with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Opera Roanoke, Rochester Oratorio Society, Opera Fairbanks, Connecticut Lyric Opera, The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.

    Peter Sciscioliis an interdisciplinary creator, performer, educator, and producer whose work encompasses music, dance, theater, and film. He has worked closely with Meredith Monk since 2003 in various capacities, co-founded The M6 in 2008, and currently serves as projects director for The House Foundation for the Arts. As a vocalist, Mr. Sciscioli has performed in Jonathan Bepler and Matthew Barney's River of Fundament; Philip Glass and Mary Zimmerman's Galileo Galilei at BAM, Goodman Theatre, and the Barbican Centre; Stockhausen's Stimmung; and other works by Steve Gorn, Sébastien Roux, and John Supko. He has additionally performed works by Joan La Barbara and Tigger Benford as a member of Jane Comfort and Company (2004-2010). Recently, Mr. Sciscioli founded the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium, a network of artists and producers who work across disciplines and cultures. He teaches as part of the Trinity / La MaMa Urban Arts Semester in New York City and in settings around the world.

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  • Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

    Meredith Monkis a composer, singer, and creator of new opera and music-theater works. A pioneer in extended vocal technique, she has been hailed as a "magician of the voice" and "one of America's coolest composers." Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition. Ms. Monk was recently named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France and the 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America. She has also received the Founders Award from New Music USA, a Doris Duke Artist Award, and was named one of NPR's 50 Great Voices. In addition to her works for unaccompanied voice and voice with keyboard, Ms. Monk has created vital new repertoire for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, with commissions from Carnegie Hall, the New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Kronos Quartet, St. Louis Symphony, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Her work is currently available through Boosey & Hawkes.

    Ms. Monk has made more than a dozen recordings with ECM Records, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated impermanence, and her music has been featured in films by Jean-Luc Godard and the Coen brothers, among others. Her concert and stage work has been presented by the Lincoln Center Festival, BAM, Houston Grand Opera, London's Barbican Centre, and at major venues from Brazil to Syria. Ms. Monk's numerous honors include a MacArthur "Genius" Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, an ASCAP Concert Music Award, and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from Bard College, The University of the Arts, The Juilliard School, San Francisco Art Institute, and The Boston Conservatory. In conjunction with her 50th season of creating and performing work in New York, Ms. Monk is the holder of the 2014-2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.

    Theo Bleckmannis a Grammy-nominated singer, composer, and arranger whose work spans concerts, installations, live electronic vocal processing, contemporary music theater, cabaret, ambient music, and performance art. Mr. Bleckmann has released a series of diverse albums, including his collection of acoustic solos for voice (I dwell in possibility) and his highly acclaimed Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush. He has worked with such artists as Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances McDormand, Ben Monder, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, with Meredith Monk since 1994. Mr. Bleckmann also appeared with Laurie Anderson on Late Show with David Letterman. In 2010, Terry Gross interviewed him for NPR's Fresh Air. Mr. Bleckmann is currently working on his first album for ECM. Visit for more information.

    Ellen Fisher's movement performance work incorporates visual and sound elements to create a landscape that challenges the audience through perceptual scale change and kinetic empathy. Her performance work and teaching is informed by ethnographic studies in South Asian culture. As a 2012 Fulbright Scholar, she continues her research in Sri Lankan dance rituals. Ms. Fisher began performing with Meredith Monk / The House Foundation in the 1970s in such works as The Plateau Series and Recent Ruins, and more recently has appeared in impermanence, Education of the Girlchild Revisited, Songs of Ascension, and On Behalf of Nature.

    Katie Geissingerhas performed with Meredith Monk worldwide in concert and theater pieces such as ATLAS, mercy, the Grammy-nominated impermanence, Songs of Ascension, and The Politics of Quiet, which received a Bessie Award. Career highlights include the premiere of Bang on a Can's Obie-winning The Carbon Copy Building (Canteloupe), appearing in Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach (Elektra Nonesuch), and performances as soloist in Bach's Magnificat, Honegger's Le roi David, and Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar at Carnegie Hall. Other credits include Jonathan Miller's staging of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at BAM; John Tavener's The Veil of the Temple at Lincoln Center; and Ann Hamilton's the event of a thread, with music by David Lang, at the Park Avenue Armory. Her Broadway credits include Baz Luhrmann's production of La bohème and Coram Boy. Upcoming performances include Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer in collaboration with Anne Bogart's SITI Company and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

    Ching Gonzalezwas born in Manila, raised in Honolulu, and has worked in New York City's experimental dance, music, and theater scenes since 1976. He became a member of Meredith Monk / The House Foundation and Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble in 1984. He has also presented his original dance and theater works in New York, San Francisco, and Honolulu. He is a founding member of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, and a member of Hot Mouth, an a cappella hip-hop theater group. Mr. Gonzalez has appeared as Honey Love in Jeff Weiss's midnight serial Hot Keys and in The King and I on Broadway with Yul Brynner. Mr. Gonzalez extends special thanks to Columbia University Human Resources, where he has worked as an officer of administration since 1998.

    Bruce Ramekerbegan singing with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble in 2008. He has appeared as both a baritone and a countertenor on the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and the Edinburgh and Spoleto festivals in performances of diverse repertoire that includes ancient music, operetta, oratorio, tango, and new music. He has premiered new vocal works of Richard Pearson Thomas, Ben Yarmolinsky, John Kennedy, Anna Dembska, William George, Holly Herndon, Roberto Scarcella Perino, and Luna Pearl Woolf. Mr. Rameker has sung with Skylight Music Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, New York City Opera, Anchorage Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Waverly Consort, Voices of Ascension, and Musica Sacra. Recordings include A Seeker's Faith, One Body, Just Another Hour with the Trillium Ensemble, ¡Iberia! with the Waverly Consort, Klaas de Vries's A King, Riding, and Meredith Monk's Songs of Ascension.

    Allison Sniffinis a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and member of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble since 1996. She collaborated with Ms. Monk in the orchestration of Possible Sky, Night, WEAVE, Realm Variations, and Backlight; edited an album of piano music; and prepared numerous a cappella and instrumental works for publication. Ms. Sniffin has received grants from Meet The Composer and Concert Artists Guild for her compositions and has recently composed commissioned pieces for Melodia Women's Choir and Union Theological Seminary. She is organist and pianist at Middle Collegiate Church and Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City.

    Bohdan Hilashhas appeared at many of the world's renowned concert venues and festivals as a performer of orchestral, chamber, and contemporary music; opera; musical theater; and jazz. He has performed with several of the world's leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, and Zubin Mehta. He has premiered numerous new compositions written for him throughout the world and worked with many of the field's foremost artists and ensembles, including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Continuum. Mr. Hilash's diverse performance career encompasses projects in jazz and ethnic music, music for radio and television, and numerous recordings and soundtracks for feature films. In the theater, Mr. Hilash has been a featured performer in collaboration with leading theater companies, playwrights, and directors, including Arthur Miller and Lee Breuer.

    Composer, percussionist, and four-time Grammy Award nominee
    John Hollenbeckis renowned in both the jazz and new-music worlds. He has gained widespread recognition as the driving force behind the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and the ambitious John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble-groups with roots in jazz, world music, and contemporary composition. He is well known in new-music circles for his longtime collaboration with Meredith Monk and has worked with many of the world's leading musicians in jazz, including Bob Brookmeyer, Fred Hersch, and Tony Malaby. Mr. Hollenbeck is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award, and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. His most notable works include commissions by Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ethos Percussion Group, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, University of Rochester, Ensemble Cairn, Orchestre national de Jazz, and Frankfurt Radio Bigband. Since 2005, he has been a professor of jazz drums and improvisation at the Jazz-Institut Berlin. His next large ensemble recording, Songs We Like a Lot, will be released on Sunnyside Records in June 2015.

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  • Missy Mazzoli and Victoire

    Missy Mazzoli's music has been performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, Minnesota Orchestra, Emanuel Ax, and many others. She is currently composer-in-residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Music-Theatre Group. In 2008, she founded her ensemble Victoire, with whom she has toured extensively in the US and Europe. Victoire's debut album, Cathedral City, was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out New York, The New York Times, and NPR. This month, Victoire releases Vespers for a New Dark Age, an album of Ms. Mazzoli's works performed in collaboration with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and electronic producer Lorna Dune. Ms. Mazzoli is on the faculty at Mannes College The New School for Music, and her music is published by G. Schirmer, Inc.

    Named one of 2014's artists to watch by The FADER, Lorna Dune (aka
    LornaKrier) has been turning heads since her foray into the world of electronic musicproduction. An experimental pianist who has played with the likes of Steve Reich and the Philip Glass Ensemble, Ms. Krier has a new take on weightier, beat-driven electronic music that is fresh in its approach to the genre. She has produced and remixed the works of Missy Mazzoli, JD Samson, Caroline Shaw, and Max Richter, and her work has been featured on Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, VICE, The FADER, XLR8R, and more.

    Eileen Mackgrew up in Australia and is now based in New York. In addition to Victoire, she is also a member of the amplified ensemble Newspeak (which she co-directs), and has performed with many other New York new-music groups, including Wet Ink Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and Wordless Music Orchestra. Ms. Mack has performed in venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and London's Royal Albert Hall with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Brad Lubman, and Alan Pierson. She has also appeared as a soloist at the Canberra International Music Festival and the Bang on a Can Marathon. Her discography ranges from work on The Crocodile Hunter television and movie soundtracks to releases on New Amsterdam Records, Tzadik, Innova Recordings, and Warp Records. Ms. Mack holds degrees from Stony Brook University, Manhattan School of Music, and Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University.

    Eleonore Oppenheimis quickly gaining a reputation as both a valued ensemble player and an engaging soloist. Her expressivity and eloquence have made her a muse for composers of her generation, and she has built a rich repertoire of solo pieces, some of which will be featured on her forthcoming debut album, Home (to be released by Innova Recordings this spring). Ms. Oppenheim has appeared with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Tyondai Braxton, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Wordless Music Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, Ensemble Signal, Steve Reich, and Jonny Greenwood at festivals and venues in the US and abroad, including BAM, Lincoln Center, Barbican Centre, and Sydney Opera House.

    Elena Moon Parkis a musician and educator living in Brooklyn. Originally from Tennessee, she studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at Northwestern University and completed a master's degree in urban policy at The New School. Before moving to New York, Ms. Park worked as an organizational development consultant for several grassroots social justice organizations in Chicago. Currently, Ms. Park manages programs for Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation and is a co-director of OneBeat, a pioneering international music exchange program led in partnership with the US Department of State. Ms. Park tours nationally and internationally with the acclaimed family music folk rock band Dan Zanes and Friends, singing and playing the fiddle, trumpet, and mandolin. Ms. Park recently released her own album for families, Rabbit Days and Dumplings, which features folk and children's music from East Asia. 

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  • Courtney Orlando

    Violinist Courtney Orlando specializes in the performance of contemporary and crossover music. She is a founding member of the acclaimed new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, which has collaborated with and premiered worksby some of the foremost composers of our time, including John Adams, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, and Augusta Read Thomas. She has performed with Alarm Will Sound at Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center; Walt Disney Concert Hall; Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; London's Barbican Theatre; as well as in Germany, Poland, Italy, and Russia. She is also a member of Ensemble Signal and Deviant Septet. Ms. Orlando is currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her appointment at Peabody, she received her doctorate from and taught at the Eastman School of Music.

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  • Cynthia Powell

    Cynthia Powell is the director of music of West End Collegiate Church in New York City, and is the artistic director of the Stonewall Chorale and Melodia Women's Choir. She has conducted major works for chorus and orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall, Holy Apostles, St. Ignatius Loyola (Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series), and at Carnegie Hall. She served on the guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and was a guest conductor at the International Choral Festival in Havana, Cuba. Ms. Powell performed as pianist and choral conductor at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, and BAM with Meredith Monk, and has toured the US and Europe in various works by Ms. Monk. She can be heard on the ECM New Series recording of Ms. Monk's ATLAS.

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  • Lee Ranaldo

    Composer, visual artist, and writer Lee Ranaldo is a founding member of the American rock group Sonic Youth. Mr. Lee and his band The Dust released the Acoustic Dust album in November 2014. He performs on his own, with The Dust, or with partner Leah Singer throughout the world. Recent live performances with Ms. Singer have included large-scale, multi-projection, sound and light events, with Lee performing "suspended electric guitar phenomena." A recent orchestral work, Hurricane Transcriptions (based on wind recordings made during Hurricane Sandy), was presented at the 2013 Holland Festival and the 2014 Sydney Festival. His Lost Highway drawings were exhibited in New York City at the VOLTA art fair in March 2015. He was artist-in-residence at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in July 2013 and at Villa Arson in Nice, France, in April 2014. Visit and for more information.

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  • Todd Reynolds

    Todd Reynolds
    is a voracious producer, consumer, and creator of new music. He is a 25-year member of Steve Reich and Musicians and Bang on a Can, an early member of The Silk Road Project, and founder of ETHEL. He cites Meredith Monk as a huge influence on his own music and was thrilled to assemble his own string quartet for Songs of Ascension on her behalf. His 2011 release on Innova Recordings, Outerborough, received critical and popular acclaim. Mr. Reynolds performs solo with technology; conducts; composes for concert, theater, and film; and offers residencies at universities across the nation on genre-liberation, technological integration, and creative realization. An Ableton artist, he is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College The New School for Music, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and the Underground Producers Alliance. Visit for more information.

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  • Nadia Sirota

    Nadia Sirota, who has served as muse to prominent composers like Nico Muhly and Judd Greenstein, is best known for her singular sound and expressive execution. Her debut album, first things first, on New Amsterdam Records was named a 2009 Record of the Year by The New York Times. This season, Ms. Sirota premieres both a new concerto written for her by longtime collaborator Nico Muhly and a new podcast produced by Q2 Music, Meet the Composer. She was awarded the 2010 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her previous show on Q2 Music. Ms. Sirota is a member of yMusic, Alarm Will Sound, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

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  • DJ Spooky

    Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. His written work has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, among others; additionally, he is the editor of ORIGIN Magazine. His multimedia performance pieces include Rebirth of a Nation; Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, commissioned by BAM in 2009; and Seoul Counterpoint, commissioned by the Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2014. Mr. Miller was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he premiered A Civil War Symphony in 2013. In 2014, he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and released his fourth book, The Imaginary App, with The MIT Press. Upcoming projects include Peace Symphony, commissioned by the international NGO Peace Boat; and the CD and DVD release of Rebirth of a Nation, featuring the Kronos Quartet on Cantaloupe Music. Follow @djspooky on Twitter.

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  • Young People's Chorus of New York City

    The Young People's Chorus of New York City is internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of children of any religious, ethnic, or economic background, while at the same time heightening an awareness of the ability of young people to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry. In residence at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the Young People's Chorus of New York City benefits almost 1,400 children (ages 7-18) musically, academically, and socially through its after-school and in-school programs. In 2011, the group was presented with the nation's highest award for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, from First Lady Michelle Obama.

    Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director and founder of the Young People's Chorus of New York City. He also leads the University Glee Club of New York City as its fifth conductor since the all-men's chorus was established in 1894. Mr. Núñez is also a master teacher and a frequent keynote speaker as a leading authority on the role of music in achieving equality and diversity among children in today's society. He is sought after nationwide as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and choirs, and has composed countless compositions and arrangements in all musical formats and styles for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments. He has received an ASCAP Victor Herbert Award, the New York Choral Society's Choral Excellence Award, and was honored by the American Broadcasting Company as its person of the week.

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  • John Zorn

    Born and raised in New York City, composer-performer John Zorn has been a central figure in the "downtown" scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from art, literature, film, theater, philosophy, alchemy, and mysticism, as well as music. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995 (which has released more than 700 recordings of new and adventurous music); runs the East Village performance space The Stone (which has presented more than 5,000 concerts and held 60 musical workshops since 2005); and has edited and published six volumes of musicians' writings under the title ARCANA. Honors include the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the William Schuman Award for composition from Columbia University. He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame by Lou Reed in 2010. Mr. Zorn is a MacArthur Fellow and has received honorary doctorates from Ghent University, New England Conservatory of Music, and Purchase College, SUNY.

    Cyro Baptista

    Since arriving in the US from his native Brazil in 1980, Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Mr. Baptista has recorded and toured with some of music's most popular artists, and his mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself have catapulted him into world renown. With his own project, percussion and dance ensemble Beat the Donkey, Mr. Baptista gives free reign to his imagination, mixing his musical skill, natural humor, and theatrical tendencies with instruments from Brazil, the Middle East, Indonesia, Africa, and the US. Mr. Baptista has performed with David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboim, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Trey Anastasio of Phish, JAY Z, Snoop Dogg, Santana, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Marisa Monte, and Naná Vasconcelos.

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  • John Schaefer

    John Schaefer is the host of WNYC's innovative Soundcheck podcast, which features live performances and interviews with a variety of guests. Mr. Schaefer has also hosted and produced WNYC's New Sounds radio series since 1982 and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986. Mr. Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener's Guide to New Music; The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music; and the TV program The Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin. He has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology) and has been a regular panelist on the BBC's soccer-based program Sports World.

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At a Glance

This concert’s eclectic gathering of the tribes is a reflection of Monk’s singular career. Although she’s long been tagged as an experimental or avant-garde artist, she has never been an ivory tower theorist. Her works deal with sound, with emotion, with time—and with a direct connection to listeners. From the beginning, in the mid-1960s, Meredith Monk’s music has explored the emotive potential of the human voice—especially when unmoored from text—and has reflected her interest in the intersections of music with film and movement. She mined her own voice for a new vocabulary of sounds—what would later come to be known as “extended vocal techniques.” These gave her music an experimental cast, but since some of those techniques are also heard in some of the world’s oldest singing traditions, Monk’s music often seemed somehow adrift in time. With works like the silent film and opera Quarry (1976) and the vocal suite Dolmen Music (1979), Monk developed an alternative approach to narrative and pioneered a highly personal form of interdisciplinary art. Her trailblazing approach to music, film, movement, even the very means of presenting a live performance, has extended her influence to a range of artists that goes well beyond the motley musical crew assembled for this evening's performance.
Program Notes


Meredith Monk: Carnegie Hall's 2014-2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair

Meredith Monk is the holder of the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Off the Beaten Track, and Meredith Monk.

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