008 Monk
008 Monk

Meredith Monk
Radio Songs’
WCR008
2014

As an innovator in music composition, choreography, theater, and filmmaking, Meredith Monk has an extensive oeuvre of interdisciplinary works from her start in the 1960s. After a trip through England and France in 1972, Meredith Monk began working on her WWII opera Quarry: an opera in 3 movements. An integral ‘character’ in the piece was a 1940s radio playing prerecorded compositions by Monk. Initially this included “Quarry Waltz” and “Quarry Radio”. “Gotham Lullaby” was later integrated into the opera. “Gotham Blues”, a piece written for Quarry but not used, was commissioned by director Ping Chong for his performance piece Fear and Loathing in Gotham.

Side A
1. “Quarry Radio”
2. “Gotham Blues”

Side B
1. “Quarry Waltz”
2. “Gotham Lullaby”

Double-sided, black vinyl 12” LP, edition of 500 copies in a letterpress sleeve and insert designed by Will Work for Good. Sleeve images by Johan Elbers (b/w) and Jerry Vessuso (color). Record includes 16-page booklet with text by Meredith Monk and images by Steve Clorfeine, Lauretta Harris, Philip Hipwell, Giuseppe Pino and Nathaniel Tileston.

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