By Afton Wooten
The Town Hall will open its 2022-23 season with the NYC premiere of “MEMORY GAME” by Meredith Monk on Oct. 15, 2022.
“MEMORY GAME” examines pivotal times in Monk’s career. The work explores her groundbreaking interdisciplinary work and life experiences. The set of songs chosen carries the narrative.
She will headline Town Hall for a third time along with her Vocal Ensemble including Theo Bleckmann, Katie Geissinger, and Allison Sniffin. They will also be collaborating with Bang on a Can All-Stars. The program also includes Monk’s other works such as “Spaceship,” “Memory Song,” “Gamemaster’s Song,” Migration, “Double Fiesta,” from “Acts from Under and Above,” and more.
Monk told DownBeat magazine, “The first time that I ever worked with Bang on a Can … was in the late ‘90s. That was really, in a way, the beginning of this project. It’s exciting to hear these songs again in a new way, with more of an instrumental aspect added onto the vocal.”
This season focuses on women composers who have impacted American culture. Upcoming performances include the Eighth Blackbird ensemble and the NYC debut of Laura Kaminsky’s “Hometown to the World.”