Meredith Monk in the UAE

Source: National profiles Meredith Monk ahead of her upcoming performances in the United Arab Emirates.

Monk is hardly a jazz artist, but even record shop nerds are at a loss where to file her work (when pushed, she begrudgingly concedes to the Contemporary Classical bracket, but prefers the term New Music).

For more than 50 years, she has been making art that transcends conventional definition, an interdisciplinary approach combining music and voice with choreographed movement and symbols. While the sonic aspect has been bottled on a string of album releases, most notably for ECM, a Meredith Monk performance is about more than music – it is a collage of image, object, light and sound.