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Facing North [Import]

Meredith Monk , Meredith Monk , Robert Een Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Monk: Facing North - Northern Lights 1Meredith Monk 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Monk: Facing North - ChinookMeredith Monk 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Monk: Facing North - Long Shadows 1Meredith Monk 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Monk: Facing North - Keeping WarmMeredith Monk 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Monk: Facing North - Northern Lights 2Meredith Monk 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Monk: Facing North - Chinook WhispersMeredith Monk0:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Monk: Facing North - Arctic BarMeredith Monk 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Monk: Facing North - HocketMeredith Monk 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Monk: Facing North - Long Shadows 2Meredith Monk 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Monk: Vessel: An Opera Epic - EpicMeredith Monk 9:26Album Only
listen11. Monk: Vessel: An Opera Epic - Fire DanceMeredith Monk 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Monk: Vessel: An Opera Epic - Little Epiphany / Sybil SongMeredith Monk 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Monk: Vessel: An Opera Epic - MillMeredith Monk 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Monk: Boat Song (Recent Ruins)Meredith Monk 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Meredith Monk, Robert Een
  • Composer: Meredith Monk
  • Audio CD (February 1, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B00000E563
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Monk the Magician April 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album by Meredith Monk and Robert Een is one of their finest conceptions. The miminal use of pitch pipe (and on tracks of the second piece, piano and organ) coupled with their inventive vocalizations captures the cold and barren arctic, its icepack itself a minimal environment, and the sounds of breaking ice and the play of wind. Indeed, the spirit is not far from the joiks and atmospheric music of the Sami people of arctic Scandinavia. "Facing North" is in essence a clever tone poem that grew out of Monk's preparation of her opera Atlas. It includes humor in the fun tracks of "Keeping Warm" (the stomping in place to keep warm and Inuit-styled breath games) and "Arctic Bar" (images of a rustic wooden shack of whisky and boisterous patrons), whose rhythm and vocalise was adapted into a recent TV advertisement. The second composition, Vessel has undergone major reductions from its initial large scale, ad hoc experimental performances. Inspired by the saga of Joan d'Arc, the pastiche maintains its epic storytelling. The last section, "Boat Song" is taken from Recent Ruins and has the theme of archeology and origins of human behavior. We can feel the slow pulls of the oar. Monk is a conjurer, whose simple tunes and wild vocalise take us to familiar places of land and of the heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars games for voices April 7, 2010
By Tia B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
the two voices work well in parrallel or as complementary components of one line..nicely ethnic.
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