Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Songs of Ascension features Monk's compositions, visual elements developed in collaboration with renowned artist Ann Hamilton, and live music performed by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, a string quartet led by violinist Todd Reynolds, and chorus. The work was originally inspired in part by poet Norman Fischer's translations of the Psalms and in part by an eight-story high Tower designed by Hamilton for the Oliver Ranch in Northern California. This video excerpt is taken from a preview performance at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The multi-media production for the stage emanates from the physical and acoustic properties of the Tower, as well as architectural and ritual motifs of ascension from throughout the world.