Celebrating the tenth year of collaboration, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum premiere excerpts from Duet Behavior 2020 by Meredith Monk and John Hollenbeck, a first-time performance of Monk’s music as it has never been experienced.
Through a conversational approach, long-time friends and colleagues Monk and Hollenbeck expand and improvise on pieces from across Monk’s 50+ year catalogue, combining her pioneering vocal magic with his inventive and masterful percussion to generate new arrangements of Monk’s iconic compositions.
The duets are performed together but from separate locations—Hollenbeck in Montreal and Monk in upstate New York—using Zoom for the visuals and Jamulus, a tool which enables musicians to perform in real-time over the internet, for the sound. The resulting video presentation is produced by The House Foundation for the Arts.
Noguchi Museum Director Brett Littman joins Monk and Hollenbeck for a Q&A after the performance.