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Voice Is the Original Instrument


The women of the M6 have been invited by Performa, the three-week biennial dedicated to exploring new visual art performance across disciplines, to perform Meredith Monk’s Tablet on Weekend One. More than 100 events are presented at over 40 venues throughout New York, breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts.  Opportunities to hear this astonishing piece for three women playing piano and recorders are rare — if you’re in New York, make time to go!


A concert exploring the female vocal, borrowing from Joan La Barbara’s 1976 statement that “voice is the original instrument”, an idea which retains greater resonance today, now that the human voice is increasingly subjected to forms of modification, manipulation, distribution and dispersion. Though it might be the ur-form of communication, the voice is an unknowable material with a fleeting presence, which has once again become a focus for artists and curators. This concert presents the work of three vocalists who pioneered, developed and continue to push the potential of the voice and the musical genre known as Extended Vocal Technique, from Joan La Barbara’s early and seminal LP Voice Is The Original Instrument (1976); Meredith Monk’s primary and innovative vocal archeology in Tablet (1974/1976) performed by the women of The M6 to the sculptured and digitally manipulated vocal sounds of Norway’s Maja Ratkje. Voice is the Original Instrument is a Performa Project curated by Mark Beasley.

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St, New York, NY ‎
Tickets: $20


Hocket at TEDxMet


The M6’s Emily Eagen and Theo Bleckmann


A Celebration Service in Syracuse


We’ve been working with the impeccable Tom Bogdan and a group of students from Syracuse University and SU Arts Engage all week to mount a new production of Meredith Monk’s “A Celebration Service” this weekend at Plymouth Church in Syracuse, New York: Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 10am!

Syracuse University Arts Engage and The House Foundation for the Arts present

Meredith Monk’s
A Celebration Service

Plymouth Congregational Church
232 E. Onondaga St, Syracuse, New York 13202
Saturday, October 5, 2013 7pm
Sunday, October 6, 2013 10am

Conceived and composed by Meredith Monk and directed by Tom Bogdan, A Celebration Service is performed by The M6: Sasha Bogdanowitsch, Sidney Chen, Emily Eagen, Holly Nadal, Toby Newman, Peter Sciscioli and joined by Carole Brzozowski, Jay Getman, Sean Jordan, Stephen Mitchell, Brian Savage, Kamala Sloss, Sasha Turner and Maria Whitcomb from Syracuse University.

The readers are Stephen Cross and Kara Greene with organist Joseph Downing and second keyboardist Stephen Mitchell. Coordinated and supervised by Michele Koziara and taught by Allison Easter from Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, the dancers are Lydia Dwyer, Maya Dwyer, Tevin Johnson, Lydia Kelly, Julia Lendy, Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala, Sarah Linquest, Alexandra Purdy and Arthur Sicilia from Manlius Pebble Hill School, and Sofi Elbadawi from Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Choreography for the “Celebration Dance” is by Meredith Monk in collaboration with the original cast.

Production Coordinator for The House Foundation for the Arts and the Rehearsal Assistant is Peter Sciscioli. The Project Manager is Leo Crandall for Syracuse University Arts Engage, assisted by Hannah B Nast. Lighting Design is by Scott Holdredge and the Crew Chief is Jeffrey York.

Photo: Jamie Young


Just announced: TEDxMet – October 19

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The M6’s Emily Eagen and Theo Bleckmann have been invited to perform music by Meredith Monk at TEDxMet, the first-ever TEDx event to be held in an art museum. The all-day event will be streamed live from the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Saturday, October 19. The programming of TEDxMet was organized by Limor Tomer, the Metropolitan Museum’s General Manager of Concerts and Lectures. Click here for the full list of participants.

Streaming on WQXR

Our 2013 Look & Listen performance is now available for online streaming on WQXR!

JACK Quartet and The M6 Open the 2013 Look & Listen Festival

Live from Pratt Manhattan Gallery on May 17, 2013

On May 17, the 2013 Look & Listen Festival kicked off with performances by the JACK Quartet, the cello-piano duo of Nick Canellakis and Michael Brown and the a cappella group The M6. WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosted.

The concert featured several world premieres, including a new work from American composer Lewis Nielson performed by the JACK Quartet. Nielson is the chair of the Composition Department at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, whose Contemporary Music Ensemble presented a concert of his works at their most recent Carnegie Hall appearance.

The Canellakis-Brown duo – well-regarded for their artistry and sense of humor – presented a set of original duo and solo music, including a new multimedia work for cello, piano and video, entitled Self-Portrait. The M6, a vocal ensemble dedicated to performing the music of Meredith Monk, presented her Basket Rondo.


Michael BrownSelf-Portrait
Lewis NielsonLe Journal du Corps 
George Perle: Short Sonata
Meredith MonkBasket Rondo 
Witold LutoslawskiGrave 
Bulgarian Folk SongsGankino Horo / Daichovo Horo (arr. Nicholas Canellakis)

Audio credits: Bill Siegmund, engineer

View Complete Program Book from 2013 Look & Listen Festival

New Music USA Celebrates Monk with Founders Award

2013 New Music USA Awards
The M6, joined by Katie Geissinger and Bruce Rameker, was honored to sing at New Music USA‘s presentation of its 2013 Founders Award to Meredith Monk at a private ceremony at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City on May 13. The award, which was established in 1999, is reserved for previous Letter of Distinction recipients to celebrate lifetime achievement in the field of new American music.

Photo by Matthew Bologna Photography

Seen & Heard


Thanks to everyone who came out for our show last night! Be sure to check out the remaining Look & Listen Festival events this weekend!

The M6 @ Look & Listen


Come join us on Friday night for the opening night of the Look and Listen Festival, an annual event dedicated to presenting new music in art galleries! We’ll be performing Meredith Monk’s exhilarating and rarely-heard “Basket Rondo” for six voices.

Friday, May 17 at 8 pm

Hosted by Terrance McKnight, the opening concert of the 2013 festival features the world premiere of Self-Portrait* (2013) for cello, piano and film created and performed by composer/pianist Michael Brown and filmmaker/cellist Nicholas Canellakis. The Canellakis-Brown Duo also plays Lutoslawski’s Grave (1981) and Bulgarian Folk Tunes Gankino Horo & Daichovo Horo, arranged by Nicholas Canellakis. The Jack Quartet gives the New York Premiere of Lewis Nielsen’s Le Journal du Corps (2010), The M6 performs Meredith Monk’s Basket Rondo (2007) and Michael Brown offers George Perle’s Short Sonata for solo piano (1964).

In the Rotunda


Sound checking for our concert today in the rotunda at the beautiful Gould Memorial Library on the campus of Bronx Community College – thanks, CUNY, for hosting us!

The M6 @ Bronx Community College

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After a brief hiatus while we were all working on different projects — performing in India and Serbia, developing a festival of vocal music, starting a family, that sort of thing – The M6 is back!

Four members of the group will be performing a selection of solos and duets, plus “Three Heavens and Hells” for 4 treble voices, at a noontime concert on Monday in the Rotunda at Bronx Community College. Details below!


Date: March 18, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
College: Bronx Community College
Address: 2155 University Avenue, The Bronx
Building: Gould Memorial Library
Room: Rotunda
Phone: 718.289.5253
Website: http://www.bcc.cuny.edu
Admission: Free