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Key
Meredith Monk
Key
Genres: Jazz, Classical
 
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Monk's 1965 realization that the voice could have the same flexibility and range of movement as a spine or a foot, and that one could find and build a personal vocabulary for the voice led to this invisible theatre classic...  more »

      
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All Artists: Meredith Monk
Title: Key
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Lovely Music
Original Release Date: 1/1/1978
Re-Release Date: 7/17/1995
Genres: Jazz, Classical
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 745295105121

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Album Description
Monk's 1965 realization that the voice could have the same flexibility and range of movement as a spine or a foot, and that one could find and build a personal vocabulary for the voice led to this invisible theatre classic. This CD is the re-release of the landmark first recording of Meredith Monk's earliest compositions for voice. The songs that make up Key were composed and performed in a 3-year period between 1967 and 1970, when Monk collected them into this 45-minute invisible theater experience. The songs that make up Key were composed and performed in a three-year period between 1967 and 1970, when Monk collected them into this 45-minute invisible theater experience. Now, 25 years later, the long-playing qualities of a CD make a seamless hearing of Monk's piece possible. Some time in late 1965 I suddenly had a revelation that the voice could have the same flexibility and range of movement as a spine or a foot, and that one could find and build a personal vocabulary for the voice just as one makes movement based on a particular body. I realized then that within the voice are myriad characters, landscapes, colors and textures. From that time on, I began working with my own instrument-trying to discover the voices within it.-Meredith Monk
 

CD Reviews

Vintage Monk
Allan J. Cronin | Alameda, CA | 12/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I first bought this album on an LP issue. It is a fascinating look (listen) at Meredith Monk's early formative years. She was just then perfecting the extended vocal techniques which continue to typify her style. The recording is not the best but the ambience is that of the loft in which it was recorded. This is a must for Monk fans but worth a listen even if you are not a die hard fan."