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Monk, Meredith: Beginnings (Tzadik)

Collecting early works from this gifted vocalist and performer, studio and live recordings from 1966-1980 in NYC, Connecticut, Montreal, California, Berlin.

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product information:

UPC: 702397772125

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-7721
Squidco Product Code: 12396

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Track 1 recorded by Daniel Zellman, Meriden, CT, October 1966. Tracks 2 recorded by Robert Withers, NYC, August 14, 2977. Track 3 recorded live by Daniel Zellman at Expo-7, Montreal, Canada. Track 5 recorded by Peter Pilafian at Gary Weis' Loft, Venice, CA, August 1970. Tracks 6, 12-15 recorded at Schaubuhne Am Hallesches Ufer, Berlin, Germany July 1980. Tracks 7-11, 16 recored live at the WBAI Free Music Store, NYC, May 10, 1976. Track 17 recorded by David Behrman at the Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC, March 1975.


Meredith Monk-Voice, Guitar, Bass, Jew's Harp, Organ, Piano

Andrea Goodman-Voice

Lanny Harrison-Percussion

Susan Kampe-Voice

Don Preston-Drums, Organ

Monica Solem-Voice

Collin Walcott-Percussion

Daniel Zellman-Echoplex Delay System

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track listing:

1. Greensleeves 4:08

2. Trance 5:18

3. Nota 1:41

4. Duet for Voice and Echoplex 3:22

5. Candy Bullets and Moon 4:26

6. Paris 3:24

7. Epic I 3:20

8. Biography 0:49

9. The Tale 1:49

10. Quarry Weave 2:51

11. Mill 2:18

12. Tower 1:39

13. Mill 1:44

14. Epic II 1:59

15. Quarry Procession 5:06

16. Porch 3:24

17. Do You Be? 3:28

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Compositional Forms
Unusual Vocal Forms
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv

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"An unprecedented collection of recordings charting the earliest years of one of the world's most innovative and exciting renaissance women - composer, singer, performer, film director, visual artist and auteur Meredith Monk. Hand selected by Meredith from her personal archives, this fascinating compilation ranges from her first solo vocal performances in the mid-'60s, to ground-breaking works from the '70s up through 1980. An essential portrait of a vocal pioneer at her virtuosic and exploratory best."-Tzadik

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