Label: Cantaloupe Music
70年初頭より名盤を残す米アヴァン界の重要人物Meredith Monk率いる"Vocal Ensemble"が、彼女が90年代後半に初共演したコンテンポラリー集団"Bang On A Can All-Stars"と共に作り上げた激高内容な共同録音！！ジョン・ケージとの83年共作[Gamemaster's Song]を含む多くの80年代楽曲、2006年の[Totentanz]までが新しいアレンジにて表現されており、様々な楽器やボーカルテクニックを駆使した7名編成での形態がとにかく素晴らしい。彼女の強い探究心も感じられます。
Meredith Monk’s MEMORY GAME, as its title implies, is both a look back at a pivotal point in her storied career, and a richly layered portrait of how vocal music, under the guidance of an indefatigable master, can play with our expectations in poignant and compelling ways.
Teaming up here with her renowned Vocal Ensemble (featuring Theo Bleckmann, Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin) and backed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Monk explores all-new arrangements of never-before-recorded selections from her award-winning sci-fi opera The Games, as well as new versions of several pieces originally released on Do You Be (1987) and impermanence (2008). What emerges from MEMORY GAME is a suite of songs that flows with a remarkable narrative cohesion, stemming in large part from the composer’s willingness to revisit the past with an insatiably curious eye.
“The first time that I ever worked with Bang on a Can, it was in the late ‘90s,” Monk tells DownBeat magazine in a recent interview. “That was really, in a way, the beginning of this project. It’s exciting to hear these songs again in a new way, with more of an instrumental aspect added onto the vocal.”