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And quite right too. Besides, all that was 1998 and this is now, and Monk turns 70 on Tuesday. Not that you would know it to hear her voice today: that uniquely flexible instrument that is at the centre of her work as composer, performer, producer, and all-round unclassifiable artist. Listen to this, from her recent Songs of Ascension , and hear what I mean.

Monk's roots as a singer and composer are in folk and rock; you can hear her singing Greensleeves here in her early 20s. That was just before she began to experiment with the possibilities of her voice, as you can hear in Trance on the same album, Beginnings , out on John Zorn's Tzadik label. You'll hear her astonishing range , some extraordinary ululations and incantations, vertiginous leaps, drops, cries and other wordless acrobatics. They're all things that used to be called "extended vocal techniques" but Monk makes them sound completely natural, central, and essential. What Monk discovered, and what she went on to create with her own group of singers and instrumentalists in New York throughout the 70s and 80s was a kind of performance practice that was operatic in the truest sense of involving many different kinds of practice: theatre, lighting, film, movement, ritual, myth, and avant garde performance art. But descriptions like that can only take you so far: listen, watch and be entranced by Dolmen Music , Book of Days , or Vessel .


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