Performances Reviews

Meredith Monk Reviewed

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Source: The New York Times.

Meredith Monk has spent over 50 years steadily churning out gracefully challenging works. It has come to feel like part of the rhythm of living in New York — one of the better parts — for Ms. Monk to announce a new stage show.

Sections of “Cellular Songs” — her latest evening-length piece, written for an entirely female version of her vocal ensemble and running through Sunday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — have appeared as works in progress since 2015. In those presentations, several of Ms. Monk’s stylistic hallmarks were in evidence: unpredictable yet ensorcelling rhythmic grooves; trebly, chattering murmurs arising from groupings of singers; solo passages requiring the deep, plaintive power of the composer’s shockingly serene voice.