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Composer: Monk, Meredith (b. 1942)

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Year of birth1942
NationalityUnited States
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A Brooklyn salon for Clara Schumann's 200th birthday

Simone Dinnerstein and Lara Downes at National Sawdust © Christine DiPasquale

Downes' playing is soulful, perhaps rather American, which gave Schumann a late-night jazziness. That tendency fit better with selections by Nina Simone and Harlem Renaissance composers Margaret Bonds and Florence Price.

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Monk's ATLAS a remarkable odyssey in Los Angeles

ATLAS © Mathew Imaging
Meredith Monk's ATLAS is presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Yuval Sharon's production.
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Meredith Monk's 50th composiversary at Carnegie Hall

Meredith Monk celebrated her 50th composiversary with a thoughtful look across her eclectic catalog of compositions, beginning with her first songs in the late 1960s to present compositions just gaining attention. 
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Voices, voices in space, and spaces: Thoughts on 50 years of Meredith Monk

Carnegie’s Zankel Hall hosts a four and a half hour celebration of the work of Meredith Monk.
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Edinburgh International Festival: Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble – On Behalf of Nature

I wish C.P. Snow could have been there. Had the author of the celebrated 1959 “Two Cultures” lecture been able to attend the Edinburgh International Festival Conversation between Philip Campbell (editor of Nature magazine) and multimedia artist Meredith Monk, I believe he would have been heartened by the effortlessly resonant conversation between two representatives from either side of the once ir
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Anna Meredith is a composer and performer of electronic and acoustic music.

Her acoustic material has been performed around the world by many leading orchestras and ensembles. She has been composer in residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was the 2010–11 PRS/RPS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA.

She came to public attention through her 2008 work froms for the BBC Last Night of the Proms and has since written another BBC Prom commission, her first opera (Tarantula in Petrol Blue with libretto by Philip Ridley) and collaborated with the beatboxer Shlomo – writing the acclaimed Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra.

Anna is also a judge for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, a mentor for Goldie for the TV show Classic Goldie, and a frequent guest and commentator for the BBC Proms and other Radio 3, 4 and 6 shows. She was the classical music representative for the 2009 South Bank Show Breakthrough Award and won the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers.

Anna’s most recent pieces include Four Tributes to 4am for orchestra, electronics and visuals by Eleanor Meredith, arrangements of The Stranglers and Laura Marling for the 6 Music Prom 2013, and HandsFree, a PRS NewMusic20x12 Commission for the National Youth Orchestra, which has been called “mesmerising” and “exhilarating” by The Times, “a tour-de-force” by the Guardian and “wicked” by the Independent and was performed at numerous flashmob performances around the UK as well as performances at the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre and BBC Proms.

Alongside her acoustic commissions, Anna has signed to Moshi Moshi Records who released her debut EP, Black Prince Fury in October 2012.

You can read our interview with her here.