Western psychologists define attachment as a secure relationship with a caregiver, making little distinction between love and clinging. Buddhists recognize that love is a pure connection without fear or expectation.
Meredith Monk is descended from a long line of singers but her work eschews existing forms. Beginning a new work is terrifying for Monk who appreciates Suzuki Roshi’s teaching on Beginner’s Mind.
Meredith Monk’s work foregrounds the voice as a primal essence of humanity. Creating art with a sense of playfulness has healed her from a disconnected childhood.
Following the death of her partner Meredith Monk created a work inspired by impermanence. The lyrics to “Last Song” are taken from James Hillman’s “The Force of Character.”
Mixing Cultures (04:05)
Meredith Monk’s work is informed by her time spent studying Buddhism in India, and she is grateful to Trungpa Rinpoche for studying the Western mind. Epigenetics shows meditation’s impact on mRNA molecules.
Buddhism shares the ideas of Lamarckian evolution. Meredith Monk’s work creates a spiritual community by involving the audience.
Musical Youth (04:43)
Meredith Monk’s family sang throughout their day while doing chores or riding in the car. Joe Loizzo’s family stopping singing once they moved to the United States to begin working.
Spiritual Non-Attachment (05:17)
Toning primal sounds connects humanity to emotions older than language. Live performance embodies the Buddhist principles of non-attachment.
Humans create the world through language but become attached to their interpretation of reality. The Buddha taught skepticism and admonished those who clung to his teachings.
Artistic Relationships (04:24)
Pure sounds in nature awaken Joe Loizzo to fundamental human truths. Artistic relationships develop over time resulting in collaborative and moving performances.
Biological Process (06:32)
Even breathing immediately affects the brain stem and reassures the relaxation nervous system. Following the breath during meditation can focus the mind or distract it depending on a practitioner's level of control.
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