As part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations, Naropa University is pleased to welcome contemporary performing artists Meredith Monk and Theo Bleckmann for a special performance.
Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Free and open to all.
Meredith Monk is an internationally renowned performer, vocalist, composer, choreographer, director, and filmmaker whose work has earned her a MacArthur "Genius" Award. Monk's connection to Naropa dates back to 1975, when she first joined the Naropa Institute faculty. Monk has since returned to teach at the university on many occasions, and was named Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Naropa in 2013. Over the last five decades, Monk has been described as "a magician of the voice," and "one of America's coolest composers," having written musical compositions commissioned from Kronos Quartet, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. Also the pioneer of "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance," Monk expands the boundaries of musical composition, her artistry permeating numerous disciplines.
Theo Bleckmann is a Grammy nominated jazz singer and new music composer. His work has been described as "from another planet" (New York Times), "magical, futuristic," (AllAboutJazz), "limitless" (Citypaper, Philadelphia), "transcendent" (Village Voice), and "brilliant" (New York Magazine). Bleckmann has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and composers, including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, and the Bang on a Can All-stars. He has also worked as a core ensemble member with Meredith Monk for fifteen years.