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Dolmen Music

Meredith Monk

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Album Review

Meredith Monk has such a wonderful and unique vocal style that she is able to sing in complete abstraction (no known words or language for much of the album) yet maintain a very emotional and even sentimental quality in these abstractions, at times. Listeners who can get past just how unique and abstract her approach is will find immense joy and sadness deep within her pieces. On Dolmen Music, Monk wavers from being sad to the point of being quite morose (such as the tracks "Gotham Lullaby" and "The Tale") to being happy to the point of hysteria (as on "Traveling" and "Biography") without skipping a beat. Most of the musical accompaniment is minimalist (mainly piano with occasional, sparse percussion, guest vocalists also being prominent on the final six-part track "Dolmen Music"). This minimalist support only furthers Monk's vast vocal language as the prominent focus in the recordings. Listeners will also be very pleased to find that her wonderful voice is not crowded or overshadowed. A true original, Monk's work should be sought by anyone with an interest in vocal exploration. ~ Michael G. Breece, Rovi

Customer Reviews

an emotional rollercoaster - amazing!!

an emotional rollercoaster. makes you feel joy, sadness, an inexplicable need to dance. dolmen music's overture and men's conclave is amazing. saw dolmen music performed live a year ago, and it literally changed the way i enjoy/appreciate music.

Primal, fluttering, foolish, brilliant.

This music will reward you deeply if you prepare to to listen to it. A cold shower, then a yoga tree. Walking downtown with one shoe and one sandal. Giving flowers to someone without a word, then turning on your heel. Shift some of the grammar and syntax in this poem which is your life, so that you can come to this emotionally open.

Amazing and very interesting

Ok so i give this a 5.... unless you don't like strange yet cool music. My music teacher played hte song called Dolmen music and he said that only i think it was 6 people sing it amazing huh? I would totally buy it!

Biography

Born: November 20, 1942 in Lima, Peru

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the first and best "performance artists," Meredith Monk's work is some of the least contrived and most convincing in that amorphously defined genre. Though largely and perhaps primarily a musician, Monk combines sound with movement, image, and object, creating an art that defies category. Her unconventional treatment of the voice as a musical instrument unto itself is arguably her greatest innovation; no other Western artist has done more to extend the art of the wordless vocal. Born in Peru...
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