Continuing a proud tradition of showcasing the iconic artists of our time, National Sawdust proudly presents Duet Behavior 2022, an intimate evening featuring Meredith Monk and John Hollenbeck.
The musical conversation of these longtime friends and colleagues will expand and improvise on highlights from Monk’s formidable catalog, combining his pioneering vocal magic with Hollenbeck’s effortlessly inventive drumming. The two artists, recognized masters of the form of improvisation, will offer the public a unique insight into the process of their creative genius.
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new operas, musical theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she pioneered what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Monk creates works that flourish at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound, discovering and weaving together new modes of perception. His groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in itself, pushes the boundaries of musical composition, creating soundscapes that unearth feelings, energies and memories for which there is no of words.
John Hollenbeck is an unclassifiable music composer beyond the fact of always being identifiable with him. A conceptualist capable of translating the traditions of jazz and new music into a fresh, eclectic and forward-looking language of his own invention, intellectually enriching yet always accessible and vibrant, a drummer and percussionist gifted with playful versatility and of a virtuoso spirit. Above all, he is a musical thinker – whether putting pen to paper or evoking spontaneous sound – allergic to repetition, always seeking to surprise himself and his audience.
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