In preparing for our interview, Meredith Monk sent us a list of songs she's recorded over the decades that she finds most meaningful to her. Stream and listen to all eleven tracks.
Singer and composer Meredith Monk is a kind of archeologist of the human voice. She says that "the voice could be like the body" — flexible and fluid with practice. Through music as through meditation, the longtime Buddhist practitioner pushes the boundaries of what we can do without words.
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