Meredith Monk Named 2013 Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Naropa University
"Meredith Monk--composer, pioneering vocalist, choreographer, dancer, theater maker, filmmaker, myth maker--has long been an art-world force of nature"--Los Angeles Times
BOULDER, Colo. (February 5, 2013)--Naropa University welcomes MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Meredith Monk as the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism Distinguished Guest Lecturer. Ms. Monk's residence will include an "Evening with Meredith Monk," a solo performance concert, co-sponsored by Naropa's School of the Arts, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder. Tickets are on sale for $40 for gold circle, $30 for reserved, and $20 for general admission.T o order tickets, please visit www.bouldertheater.com, or call the Box Office at 303-786-7030.
On the following evening, Meredith Monk will be interviewed by Naropa faculty member Lama Sarah Harding, and in a third event will share multifaceted music-theater works with the Naropa community. Monk's interview, "Contemplative Artist: American Buddhism and Creative Expression in the 21st Century," facilitated by Naropa Religious Studies core associate professor Lama Sarah Harding, will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Naropa's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. A limited number of seats will be available to the public at http://mminterview.brownpapertickets.com.
Monk's multifaceted event, "Archaeology of an Artist," addresses her process and artistic trajectory over the last five decades. Beginning with her visionary exploration of the human voice and her concurrent creation of multifaceted music-theater works and films, Monk will explain how she weaves together music, image, movement, light, and object in order to discover new modes of perception. Throughout her talk, she will offer live performances and video clips to provide a thoroughly immersive and informative experience, which culminates in an informal question and answer session with the audience. "Archaeology of an Artist" will be presented on Friday, March 15, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., at Naropa's Performing Arts Center. A limited number of seats will be available to the public at http://mmpac.brownpapertickets.com.
Monk will also co-facilitate a Naropa University-sponsored workshop, "Uncovering Treasures of Body, Speech, and Mind," alongside acclaimed performance artist Lanny Harrison and Acharya and author Judy Lief, on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., also at Naropa's Performing Arts Center. Exploring the arising of speech from silence, moving from the body and breath to sounds, words, and language, this workshop aims to deepen understanding of the power of sound and voice, and their connection to meditative awareness, while addressing the question of how to develop true and genuine expression. The workshop will include meditation practice, sound and voice exercises, dialogues, and discussions. To purchase tickets for the workshop, please visit http://mmws.brownpapertickets.com.
About Meredith Monk: Internationally recognized, Meredith Monk graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1964, and holds honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from Bard College, University of the Arts, Juilliard School, San Francisco Art Institute, and Boston Conservatory. A long-time friend of Naropa, Monk joined the faculty of Naropa Institute in 1975, and returned to teach in 1976, 1978, 1989, 1994, and 2006. During her time at Naropa, Monk first heard Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's Dharma talks and first began practicing meditation. Trungpa's teachings also led Monk to begin studying and practicing in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, which he founded. Monk then went on to take the Refuge Vow in 1998 with Venerable Khandro Rinpoche, and the Bodhisattva Vow in 2003 with Acharya Judy Lief.
Over the last five decades, Monk has been described as "a magician of the voice," and "one of America's coolest composers," having written musical compositions commissioned from Kronos Quartet, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. Also the pioneer of "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance," Monk expands the boundaries of musical composition, her artistry permeating numerous disciplines.
Her most recent music-theater work, On Behalf of Nature, premiered on January 18, 2013 at UCLA. Inspired by asking herself how one might create ecological art work without creating more waste, Monk's newest work presents a poetic meditation on our intimate connection with nature, its inner structures, the fragility of its ecology, and our interdependence. Other recent works by Meredith Monk include Songs of Ascension (2008), Education of the Girlchild Revisited (2010) and Realm Variations (2012). For more information, please visit www.meredithmonk.org.
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism promotes the benefits of Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, and related Buddhist practices in a manner complementary to modern American society. Past Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecturers at Naropa University have included Gary Snyder, Joanna Macy, Paula Green, Jan Willis, and Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara. In addition to the lecture series, the foundation also provides support for the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowship for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values, an opportunity for faculty and other professionals planning sabbaticals to spend a semester on the Naropa University campus conducting a research, social action, or other project that relates Buddhist philosophy and practice to an aspect of American culture and values. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Mehgan Fox at 303-245-4719, or at lenzgradasstAT_naropa.edu, by Monday, March 4, 2013 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.