Meredith Monk has a remarkable voice that is difficult to describe, more like a set of tuned bells than human utterance. Since she emerged on the New York art scene back in the mid-1960s, Monk has delighted in challenging listeners with intellectual yet emotional (many might say strange) productions that blend operatic performance, complex choreography, and multimedia displays. She’s one of those New York performers you have to see live at least once.
Cellular Songs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (her 11th show there; the first was in 1973) is the perfect opportunity. I won’t pretend that Monk’s music is for everybody; you may decide that once is enough. Or, like me, you might get hooked on her haunting, hypnotic sound. In her role as the doyenne of the avant-garde, she’s never watered down her unique vision—and her performances remain ecstatic experiences for her many fans.
Why You Should Go: It’s a privilege to see a performer who has maintained this level of influence and vitality across generations.
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
Wednesday, March 14–Sunday, March 18
Tickets start at $30; premium seats run up to $60