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Meredith Monk with Jennifer Lucy Allan

Composer and pioneer of extended vocal technique Meredith Monk shares thoughts about music and her remarkable career in an intimate conversation with presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan.

It’s an honour to welcome composer Meredith Monk to Late Junction as a guest, to swap rare music recommendations with presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan. Along the way, in an intimate and amusing conversation, the pair talk about telepathy and communal singing, the sound of New York and New Mexico, and Meredith’s pet turtle Neutron.

Meredith Monk’s singular voice has been the key component in the music she has created in a remarkable career spanning nearly sixty years. As well as pioneering in extended vocal technique, she has been an innovative creative force in dance, film, and installation art too. Well into her seventies, Monk still tours her new works internationally. In 2015 she was honoured with the award of the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama. Yet, for all her success, she says that composing music is still as difficult as it ever was.

Produced by Jack Howson.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Meredith Monk

    Early Morning Melody

    Singer: Naaz Hosseini.
    • Book Of Days.
    • ECM New Series ‎.
  • Meredith Monk


    Performer: Collin Walcott.
    • Dolmen Music.
    • ECM Records ‎.
  • Alice J. Shaw

    In Venice

    • Siffleuses: Professional Women Whistlers on Discs 1917​-​27 (​+​1907&1947).
    • Canary.
  • International Sweethearts of Rhythm

    Don't Get It Twisted

    • International Sweethearts Of Rhythm.
    • Rosetta Records.
  • John Hollenbeck


    Ensemble: John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble.
    • All Can Work.
    • New Amsterdam Records ‎.
  • Meredith Monk

    Obsolete Objects

    Performer: Bruce Brubaker. Performer: Ursula Oppens.
    • Piano Songs.
    • ECM New Series ‎.
  • Meredith Monk

    Do You Be ?

    • Key.
    • Lovely Music, Ltd. ‎.
  • Rustavi Choir

    Mival Guriashi ("Going To Guria")

    • Georgian Voices.
    • Elektra Nonesuch ‎.
  • Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil


    • Tropicália 2.
    • Universal Music ‎.
  • Ruben Romero, Ernest Martinez & Juan O. Lujan

    Taos Pueblo Round Dance Song

    • Music of New Mexico: Native American Traditions.
    • Smithsonian Folkways.
  • La Monte Young

    The Celebration Of The Tortoise

    Composer: Marian Zazeela. Composer: Terry Riley. Composer: Tony Conrad.
    • The Celebration of the Tortoise.
    • Not On Label.
  • Missy Mazzoli

    These Worlds In Us

    Orchestra: Yale Philharmonia. Conductor: Shinik Hahm.
    • These Worlds In Us.
  • Chino Amobi

    Kollaps (feat. Elysia Crampton, Flse Prpht & Poozy)

    • Paradiso.
    • NON.
  • Terepa

    28th October 2014 (feat. Charlotte Collin, Julia Holter, Lucrecia Dalt, Grégoire Simon, Kouhei Matsunaga, Laurel Halo & Rashad Becker)

    • Terepa.
    • Other People ‎.
  • Meredith Monk


    Composer: Robert Een.
    • Facing North.
    • ECM New Series ‎.
  • Amadou & Mariam

    Politic Amagni

    • Dimanche À Bamako.
    • Because Music ‎.
  • Meredith Monk

    Last Song

    • Impermanence.
    • ECM New Series ‎.
  • Mildred Bailey

    When Day Is Done

    • Someday Sweetheart / When Day Is Done.
    • Vocalion.


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