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Meredith Monk, Quarry

This three part program features Meredith Monk and her seminal 1976 theatrical work, Quarry. The interview with the artist is conducted on the occasion of the 1976 performance produced for radio and broadcast as part of Ruas’ Audio Experimental Theater series on WBAI-FM in New York followed by the complete, uninterrupted recording of Quarry, and then a reunion conversation between Monk and Ruas recorded in 2012.

The 2012 conversation includes a discussion of Meredith Monk's work since Quarry, one of her astounding early achievements that forever altered the conception of theater and the interdisciplinary artist, and includes three illuminating tracks: an excerpt form the opening scene of Quarry from 1976, Björk's version of Monk's Gotham Lullaby from the Monk Mix collection, and Duet For Voice And Echoplex from the Tzadik release, Beginnings.

The 1976 recordings were restored and the reunion recording produced by the Radio Station of the Clocktower Gallery in 2012-13. Our thanks to Meredith Monk and The House Foundation for the Arts for making this material available.

Learn more about Meredith Monk at and through The House Foundation for the Arts which provides production and management services for Meredith Monk and Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble.

Part 1: Meredith Monk with Charles Ruas, 1976 (60 minutes)
Part 2: Quarry, radio version, 1976 (45 minutes)
Part 3: Meredith Monk with Charles Ruas, 2012 (50 minutes)



Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


An unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas, and featuring Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others.