Local beatboxer Shodekeh is contributing a track to Meredith Monk's Monk Mix, a collection of remixes and reinterpretations of the iconic vocalist's material. Monk's House Foundation for the Arts hopes to raise $15,000 for the project, and they still need a couple hundred dollars by tonight's midnight deadline.
Shodekeh is in fine company here, and the roster of participating artists includes Bjork, Bang on a Can, Nico Muhly, DJ Spooky, Vijay Iyer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, Don Byron, Arto Lindsay, and others. "It's phat, crazy," Shodekeh says of the project. "Meredith Monk has been a huge inspiration for what I've done, and her music ties in to what I do in so many ways. She doesn't just sing, she strives to express something transcendent, which is what the greatest vocalists do."
Shodekeh reinterpreted Monk's classic "Dolmen Music"—which, he notes, was sampled by DJ Shadow on "Midnight in a Perfect World"—by "remixing certain movements within the song and adding some new movements." He brought in two producers, two soprano singers, and a cellist for what figures to be an adventurous take on an incredibly challenging piece of music. I can't wait to hear the results.
To learn more about the project or help Monk and crew meet their fundraising goal, check out this link.