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The Tank – Concert Program

We’re performing at the Tank tonight at 7:30! Here’s a look at the concert program to entice you to come.

5/27 Ear Heart Music @ The Tank

Photo: The M6 Tank, designed during WWII


The M6 will be appearing at The Tank in NY as part of the Ear Heart Music series onThursday, May 27, at 7:30PM. We’ve been working up some new repertoire for this concert, which will include Three Heavens and Hells, as well as selections from Book of Days and others — all music by Meredith Monk. Details below!


The Tank is a non-profit space for performing arts emphasizing new work by emerging performers, designers, writers, directors and producers.

The Tank has moved to the 45th Street Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen. Please join us at 354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th.

The Tank
354 W 45th St [map]
New York, NY 10036

Tickets $15.00
Presale tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Info Line 212-563-6269

12/22 Sing Theory @ The Stone


We’re gearing up for next week’s performance at The Stone, the East Village performance space established by John Zorn.  Our concert is part of a series titled Sing Theory curated by David Garland, who says, ”The emphasis of my programming at The Stone during the last weeks of 2009 is on musicians who subtly, insistingly, and creatively expand the potential of song. By investing songs with both heart and brain, and by tapping into the alchemy of the understandable and the mysterious, these daring songwriters prove that the ancient combination of words and music can still yield surprises, open new vistas, and permit and promote profound communication.” Read more of what he has to say about the series on the WQXR blog.

Come on by Tuesday night, December 22, at 10pm!  You know you’ll need a break from “Santa Baby” by then.

Sing Theory
22 concerts at The Stone, December 16th through 29th, 2009

The M6 will be performing Tuesday, December 22 at 10pm, singing Dolmen Music by Meredith Monk, as well as selections from Monk’s Book of DaysATLASVolcano SongsFacing North and American Archeology #1. (Detailed program below.)

The Stone – Corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, NYC (map)
Admission: $10 per set
Students 13 to 19 admitted half price, children 12 and under free
No advance ticket sales, all admissions are at the door prior to each performance


Book of Days
– Afternoon Melodies
– Jewish Storyteller/Dance/Dream
– Plague
– Eva’s Song

Explorers’ Junctures from ATLAS
Volcano Songs
– Boat Man
– Old Lava
Facing North
– Chinook
– Hocket
Calling #1 from American Archeology #1

Dolmen Music

Recording “Ascension”

We’re in rehearsals this week, preparing for the “Songs of Ascension” recording sessions! @Digifiddler Todd Reynolds, taking a break from playing, took this video on the fly of the Montclair State University Singers, conducted by Heather Buchanan. (Astute viewers will spot a couple M6ers scattered about…)

12/4 ISSUE Project Room: Darmstadt Festival

issue project room

We’re thrilled to be invited by Darmstadt “Classics of the Avant Garde”, the Brooklyn-based contemporary music series led by Zach Layton and Nick Hallett, to performDolmen Music at this year’s Essential Repertoire Festival at ISSUE Project Room on December 4. Check out our video of excerpts from Dolmen Music on YouTube.

Info on the full three-concert series here, and details about our performance below.


DARMSTADT: “Classics of the Avant Garde”
presents its second annual

“Yes, we’re prone to hyperbole on occasion, but trust us when we say that Darmstadt’s Essential Repertoire series…is one of the most significant musical presentations of the season” –Time Out New York

Friday, December 4 at 8pm
The M6, Jon Gibson, Phill Niblock

ISSUE Project Room
At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
718-330-0313 [map/directions]

Admission: $20 door, $15 advance
Tickets available at ISSUE Project Room or at Other Music

This year’s festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the seminal New Music New York concerts curated by Rhys Chatham and held at The Kitchen (then on Mercer Street), which put the still-burgeoning Downtown Scene – at the crossroads of minimalism, interdisciplinary performance, and various strains of post-punk – under a mainstream spotlight and redefined the presentation of experimental music.

DARMSTADT’s cross-section of composers involved in the original festival includes “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Connie Beckley, David van Tieghem, Jill Kroesen, Jon Gibson, Ned Sublette, Peter Gordon, Peter Zummo, Petr Kotik, Phill Niblock, and a performance of Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music by the M6. The festival will be held from December 3 through 5 at ISSUE Project Room. All concerts begin at 8pm. Tickets will be $20 at the door/$15 advance (.)

Meredith Monk – Dolmen Music (1979); Performed by the M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation

Jon Gibson – Criss Cross (1979) and other works; Performed by the composer

Phill Niblock – “Four Arthurs” (1978) superimposed with “Two Octaves and a Fifth” (1975); performed by the composer with Leslie Ross (bassoon) and Christa Robinson (oboe)

In Search of Dolmen Music

If you’ve just heard about The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation via Primal Song, the article about Monk in the November 9 issue of the New Yorker, welcome! In his official New Yorker blog, Unquiet Thoughts, Alex Ross singles out our video of excerpts from Monk’s Dolmen Music, reposted below, as being “particularly striking.”

Songs of Ascension @ BAM

Members of the M6 joined Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, the Todd Reynolds String Quartet, the Stonewall Chorale and additional singers for a five-night run of Monk’s Songs of Ascension at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2009 Next Wave Festival. Check out some video from New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’s new blog,Unquiet Thoughts:

Voice & Light Systems @ New Museum


This Thursday night, M6 members Peter Sciscioli and Emily Eagen will perform a suite from Facing North as part of Voice & Light Systems, a series at the New Museum created by Nick Hallett.  Thursday’s performance also includes Hallett’s interpretation of a selection of songs from Meredith Monk’s Our Lady of Late, a cycle for solo voice and wineglass drone from 1972.

Peter also returns to the New Museum on Thursday, May 14, to sing Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung, performed with Hallett and others in the second installment of the Voice & Light Systems series.

As a teaser for Thursday’s performance, here’s Peter and Emily performing one of the duets from Facing North at Symphony Space last year!

Nick Hallett: Voice & Light Systems
Part of RE:NEW RE:PLAY Music / Performance

Thursday, May 7 @ 7:00 PM
New Museum Theater

New Museum
235 Bowery (just south of Houston)
R to Prince/F to 2nd Avenue
Tickets: $12 Members, $15 General Public

The M6 @ The Whitney

The M6 will be performing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York this Sunday afternoon (yes, we know it’s Super Bowl Sunday) as part of:


A one-day-only four-hour performance marathon

 The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Meredith Monk Music @ the Whitney, featuring highlights from 43 years of work by the eminent composer, singer, and multi-disciplinary artist.

Meredith Monk’s long relationship with the Whitney began in 1970 when she gave the first full concert of her music as part of the Museum’s legendary Composers’ Showcase series. Now, in a historic return to the Whitney, Monk and her Vocal Ensemble perform early material likeVessel Suite (1971) and more recent work like her haunting and wittySongs of Ascension (2008). Other works in the concert will includeStringsongs (2004), Monk’s first string quartet (written for Kronos); music from ATLAS, a 1991 opera; and Gotham Lullaby (1974), Tablet (1976),Dolmen Music (1979), Lonely Spirit (1991), and Double Fiesta (1986). In addition, author Rick Moody will read his story Boys accompanied by four voices performing a piece originally composed for NPR’s The Next Big Thing.

With Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, The M6Todd ReynoldsTheo BleckmannJohn HollenbeckSo Percussion, and more

Sunday, February 1, 2-6pm
Whitney Museum of American Art
Madison and 75th Street

Admission to the event is free with paid Museum admission. No reservations, no reserved seating, no special ticketing.

The museum opens at 11am and admission to the museum and the event are one and the same. Doors to the 3rd floor gallery, where the performances will take place, open at 1:30. Starting at 2, it’ll basically be four hours of continuous performances and screenings in one huge room where audiences are free to come and go as you please.  Everyone’s doing various things during the course of the afternoon, but the big M6 hour will be sometime between 3pm and 4:30pm.

If you’re in New York, please come! It will be quite an event. And the show finishes right at 6, so it’s not like you’ll miss much of the game anyway.

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MATA Benefit and Art Auction

MATA: Young Composers – Now!

MATA Benefit Concert & Art Auction
@ The Paula Cooper Gallery

“MATA represents excitement, energy, innovation and risk. The future of music is in good hands judging from the skill, inventiveness and artistry of the composers MATA supports. Every day I’m grateful that music is in my life and am thrilled to be the honoree at this year’s benefit.” — Meredith Monk

For the past ten years, MATA has been dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers from around the world. MATA’s directors are motivated by a desire to create community among young musicians, especially those whose work defies definition and doesn’t fit into existing institutions. By providing young composers with a professional performance of their work, access to first-rate performers and valuable connections to colleagues, MATA nurtures their entry into American musical life.

Featuring a Silent Auction of distinguished pieces selected from MATA’s collection of donated works and its lithograph project, NOTES: 2005, including a work by honoree Meredith Monk!

Featuring Performances by
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
string quartet led by violinist Todd Reynolds and
Members of The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation

Featuring selections from Ms. Monk’s
Songs of Ascension
Dolmen Music
Volcano Songs

The Paula Cooper Gallery
521 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York


8:00 pm Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres
8:30 pm Performance
9:30 pm Cocktails


Note: Contributions to MATA are fully tax-deductible. The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $35.

MATA, Inc.
293 Warren Street #2
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (212) 563-5124

Philip Glass Executive Producer
Missy Mazzoli Executive Director
Chris McIntyre Artistic Director