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listen  1. Monk: Braid 1 And Leaping SongMeredith Monk 8:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Monk: Braid 2Meredith Monk 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Monk: Urban March (Shadow)Theo Bleckmann 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Monk: MasksMeredith Monk 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hollenbeck: Line 1John Hollenbeck 1:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Monk: Doctor / PatientMeredith Monk 8:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hollenbeck: Line 2Allison Sniffin 1:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Monk: Woman At The DoorMeredith Monk 5:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hollenbeck: Line 3 And PrisonerMeredith Monk 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Monk: EpilogueMeredith Monk 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Monk: ShakingMeredith Monk 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Monk: Liquid AirMeredith Monk 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Monk: Urban March (Light)Meredith Monk 6:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Monk: Core ChantMeredith Monk 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 

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“Songs of Ascension” is a major new work from Meredith Monk. Written in 2008, and recorded in 2009 at New York’s Academy of Art and Letters, it is conceived as a continuous composition, a departure from Monk’s recent collaged or episodic works.

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  • Performer: Meredith Monk, John Hollenbeck, Allison Easter, Katie Geissinger, Ching Gonzalez, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 29, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B00006RINB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Forbes on October 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Downtown New York is famous for it's post-modern stew of approaches to the arts. A downtowner is likely to be a musician/artist or a poet/performer and the idea of one person controlling all aspects of a production isn't all that far-fetched. It's a new twist on the old Wagnerian ideal of gesamskunstwerk and perhaps the one figure that best represents this is Meredith Monk. Known as a dancer, choreographer, singer, and composer, Monk's work is complex and never complete without the visual element, based as it is on movement and striking stage pictures. Yet musically, she is a powerful force in her own right. Her conceptual frame work is based around her voice and exploring extended vocal techniques from world cultures and has developed from her early solo explorations, through the marvelous work with her vocal ensemble and even to her mega work opera, Atlas.
Mercy is the latest work to be recorded in the Monk canon, and it is a beauty. The piece is conceived for her vocal ensemble with the addition of a trio of multi-instrumentalists. Monk's process with a composition is interesting. She will supply sketches to her performers and then develop the work through improvisation, much like the process used by many modern dance troupes. The material is based on familiar musical modes and superficially has a resemblance to better known minimalists like Steve Reich and Phillip Glass. Except that with Monk, the improvisational element in the piece gives the works an internal life that goes beyond mere process music. Each piece is a journey, with a wonderful mix of the familiar and the surprising. The acuity of the vocal ensemble is astounding. They have all worked with Monk for many years and have assimilated her vocal techniques while each of them brings something original to the process.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Gerber on January 10, 2003
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....A masterpiece of stunning beauty....one of her greatest recordings.... full of passion and seasoned with grace.... 'Mercy' is a great place to start for anyone curious about the music of Meredith Monk.... and if you are a long time fan, it will rocket to the top of your fave list... it is recordings like this that make "hearing" such a wonderful thing.... a treat for your hear holes....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cous-Cous Hobson on November 9, 2002
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Gorgeous. Magnificent. Breathtaking. Haunting. These are the words I use to describe the best of Meredith Monk's music, and this cd is the best she's done since... "Turtle Dreams"? It's mysterious and exciting and instantly recognizable as Meredith Monk. I've been listening to it non-stop for a week now, and I can't get it out of my head. As soon as it's finished playing, I want to hear the whole thing again from beginning to end. A Masterpiece.
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