29 06 2012

The Just Alap Raga Ensemble Pandit Pran Nath 16th Anniversary Memorial Tribute June 30 2012

The Just Alap Raga Ensemble
Pandit Pran Nath 16th Anniversary Memorial Tribute

Three Evening Concerts of Raga Darbari in the MELA Dream House
Saturdays, June 16, 23 and 30, 2012, 9 pm

La Monte Young, voice
Marian Zazeela, voice
Jung Hee Choi, voice
Naren Budhkar, tabla
The Tamburas of Pandit Pran Nath from the Just Dreams CD

MELA Foundation Dream House
275 Church Street, 3rd Floor, between Franklin & White Streets in Tribeca
Admission $36.  MELA Members, Seniors, Student ID, $28.
Limited seating.  Advance reservations recommended. 
Info and reservations:  212-219-3019; mail@melafoundation.org 

Following the Pandit Pran Nath Memorial Tribute Tour 2012 with five sold-out Dream House concerts in Berlin, Karlsruhe and Polling, Bavaria, The Just Alap Raga Ensemble featuring La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, and Jung Hee Choi, accompanied by Naren Budhkar, will present three concerts of Raga Darbari in the contemporary Kirana gharana (style) of North Indian Classical Music.  In tribute to Pandit Pran Nath on the 16th anniversary of his passing, the concerts will take place Saturdays, June 16, 23 and 30, 2012 at 9 pm, in the MELA Foundation Dream House light environment, 275 Church Street, 3rd Floor. 
PLEASE NOTE:  To prepare for the scheduled concerts the Dream House Sound and Light Environment is closed; it will reopen on September 22, 2012.  From August 23-September 15, MELA will present Jung Hee Choi’s video sound art installation, Ahata Anahata, Manifest Unmanifest VI.

The Just Alap Ensemble will perform Pandit Pran Nath's special arrangement of "Hazrat Turkaman", a traditional vilampit khayal composition set in Raga Darbari.  With deep respect for Pandit Pran Nath’s arrangement of this great composition, Young has composed two-part harmony for the ‘sthayi and for the antara.  Similar to his previous concerts with The Ensemble, Young introduces drones in two- and three-part harmony, and even counterpoint in the pre-composition part of thealap, and, as in his earlier composition “Raga Sundara” set in Raga Yaman Kalyan, the harmony line for these compositions in Raga Darbari comprises the introduction of two-part harmony into Indian classical khayal composition, contributing a new element to Indian classical music.  The harmony for the ‘sthayi of "Hazrat Turkaman" is dedicated to Jung Hee Choi and was composed as a present on her birthday, November 1, 2009; the harmony for the antara is dedicated to Pandit Pran Nath and was composed on his 91st birthday, November 3, 2009.

Young considers The Just Alap Raga Ensemble to be one of the most significant creations in the development of his compositional process in that it organically merges the traditions of Western and Hindustani classical musics with the knowledge of acoustical science to embody complementary forms in an encompassing evolutionary statement.  Pandit Pran Nath has said, "Alap is the essence of Raga.  When the drut [faster tempo] begins, the Raga is finished."  With The Just Alap Raga Ensemble, Young applies his own compositional approach to traditional raga performance, form and technique: a pranam (bow) of gratitude in reciprocation for the influence on his music, since the mid-fifties, of the unique, slow, unmetered timelessalap, and for one of the most ancient and evolved vocal traditions extant today.  The Ensemble features extended alap sections, sustained vocal and instrumental drones, two- and three-part harmony and counterpoint in just intonation over tamburas.  Young, Zazeela and Choi premiered this ensemble on August 22, 2002 in a memorial tribute to Ustad Hafizullah Khan, the Khalifa of the Kirana Gharana and son of Pandit Pran Nath’s teacher, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan Sahib.

Pandit Pran Nath virtually introduced the vocal tradition of North Indian classical music to the West in 1970.  His 1971 morning performance at Town Hall, New York City, was the first concert of morning ragas to be presented in the U.S.  Subsequently, he introduced and elaborated to Western audiences the concept of performing ragas at the proper time of day by scheduling entire series of concerts at special hours.  Many students and professional musicians came to him in America to learn about the vast system of raga and to improve their musicianship.  In 1972, Pran Nath established his own school in New York City under the direction of his disciples La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, the Kirana Center for Indian Classical Music, now a project of MELA Foundation.  Over the years Pran Nath performed hundreds of concerts in the West, scores of them in New York City, and in Fall 1993, he inaugurated the MELA Foundation Dream House with threeRaga Cycle concerts.  He continued to perform here annually during his remaining years and on May 12 and 17, 1996, his two concerts of Afternoon and Evening Ragas in the Dream House were his last public performances before he passed away on June 13, 1996.

Pran Nath's majestic expositions of the slow alap sections of ragas combined with his emphasis on perfect intonation and the clear evocation of mood had a profound impact on Western contemporary composers and performers.  Following Young and Zazeela, minimalist music composer Terry Riley became one of his first American disciples.  Fourth-world trumpeter Jon Hassell, jazz all‑stars Don Cherry and Lee Konitz, composers Jon Gibson, Yoshimasa Wada, Rhys Chatham, Michael Harrison and Allaudin Mathieu, Shabda Kahn, Pir of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, mathematician and composer Christer Hennix, concept artist and violinist Henry Flynt, dancer Simone Forti, and many others took the opportunity to study with the master.
In The Hindustan Times (2003), Shanta Serbjeet Singh wrote:
            “[Young and Zazeela] would create works like the “Just Alap Raga Ensemble” which would amaze musicians of the caliber of Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj or the Gundecha brothers were they to hear it.  In fact I wish they would hear it and savour their own legacy of Indian classical music in two new ways, one, by way of the Youngs’ immense sadhna and two, by way of the fact that today the great art of Hindustani Shastriya sangeet has actually become so much a part of the world of music.  Did not the ancients say: Vasudeva Kumutbhakam—the world is a family?  A work like “Just Alap Raga Ensemble” actually proves it.”
In the 2005 article, “Tales Of Exemplary Guru Bhakti / Pran Nath, La Monte Young And Marian Zazeela,” Spic Macay (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) quarterly magazine "The Eye," it is noted:
            “He [Young] is a master of Hindustani classical music.  … La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, founders of the MELA Foundation Dream House in New York are responsible for having single-handedly introduced vocal Hindustani classical music to America.  In 1970 when they brought renowned master vocalist Pandit Pran Nath of the Kirana Gharana to the U.S. and became his first Western disciples, studying with him for twenty-six years in the traditional gurukula manner of living with the guru, Americans and Westerners only had a nodding acquaintance with Indian music, that too, only instrumental music through the performing tours of Pandit Ravi Shankar.  Also some introduction to Indian rhythm techniques through the charismatic playing of Pandit Chatur Lal, the tabla player who always accompanied Ravi Shankar through the sixties.  But the deep, unfathomable intricacies of Khayal Gayaki and of the whole cosmos of Alap were totally unknown to them.  Indeed, as his many American shishyas, most of them practicing musicians themselves, would say later, even unimaginable. … Young and Zazeela, who taught the Kirana style and performed with Pandit Pran Nath since 1970 in hundreds of concerts in India, Iran, Europe and the United States, have continued their Guru’s work in the most exemplary manner.  In June 2002, shortly before he died, Khalifa Hafizullah Khan Sahib, Ustad Wahid Khan Sahib’s son and a great sarangi master, conferred on Young the title of Khan Sahib.” 
American Music, Winter 2009, reviewed the Ensemble's March 2009 performance at the Guggenheim Museum:  "Later on, however, the ensemble revealed its most striking innovation: in another bold deviation from traditional North Indian monophony, they rendered the composition in two-part harmony.  ...In the context of raga performance, this harmonization, combined with the ethereal polytonal quality of Raga Yaman, lent the ensemble a breathtakingly lush quality with each return of the refrain."
In his LA Times Blog, critic Mark Swed wrote of the Ensemble's 2009 performance of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra in Raga Sindh Bhairavi:
            "Frankly, what made me drop everything and fly to New York at the last minute for the [Merce Cunningham] memorial was the announcement of the music lineup, which was a once-in-a-life-time gathering. La Monte Young, the otherworldly inventor of Minimalism, began the program singing a welcoming raga with Marian Zazeela and Jung Hee Choi, which was pure vibratory magic."

Concert admission is $36 / $28 MELA members; seniors; students with ID.  Limited seating.  Advance reservations recommended.  For further information and reservations, 212-219-3019, email mail@melafoundation.orgor visit www.melafoundation.org.


MELA's programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and generous contributions from individuals and MELA Members. 
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27 06 2012

June 2012 post-tour playlist

GUY REIUBEL "Granulations-Sillages/Franges du Signe" LP
DR JOHN "Locked Down" LP
GIFTGASATTACK "雑音ノ英雄 雑音英雄 (Noise Hero)" LP 

GIFTGASATTACK "D-Beat Noise Crust Inferno 2008" CDR 
OLD MAN GLOOM "No" files
NARROWS "Painted" files
ROLAND KAYN "Tektra" box on Barooni
FUSHITSUSHA 不失者 "光となづけよう" CD
BJØRN FONGAARD "Elextrofoni" box on Prisma
THE CURE "Faith" & "Pornography" CDs


LE JARDIN DE CELIBIDACHE by Serge Ioan Celibidache
GADKIE LEBEDI by Konstantin Lopushanski

and... BURZUM "Umskiptar" 2LP (a real turdpolisher)

25 06 2012

REGRM 004 Traces One LP design

Beatriz Ferreyra / Philippe Carson / Edgardo Canton / Francis Régnier / Mireille Chamass-Kyrou. Music from 1961-1970 INA GRM archives.

25 06 2012

Gisèle Vienne program at Salzburger Festspiele 2012

Yes, we are playing at the famous/notorious Salzburger Festspiele with Gisèle Vienne's THIS IS HOW YOU WILL DISAPPEAR & ÉTERNELLE IDOLE pieces, this summer!

August 18, 19, 21 & 22 both pieces will be performed. It should be possible to see both in one day as there is break between, although they are different venues.



Gisèle Vienne photo © Patric Chiha

22 06 2012

Trailer "Keiji Haino document" movie


Published on May 28, 2012

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22 06 2012

REGRM 003 Bernard Parmegiani «L’Œil écoute / Dedans-Dehors» LP design

Honored to be invited to work on design for this label...

21 06 2012

Pussy Riot Band Members In Russian Orthodox Church (Punk Invasion)

Ces femmes sont des symboles puissants, anti-patriarcales et anti-autoritaire. À mon avis, est une représentation sacrificielle tru de la puissance de la culture punk et underground. Maintenant, ils souffrent et se faire baiser plus de leurs actions. Respect.

pic: Moscou, Russie : Les policiers emmènent Nadejda Tolokonnikova, participante du groupe « Pussy Riot », au tribunal Taganski de Moscou. Le 21 février dernier, trois jeunes femmes du groupe de punk-rock dissident « Pussy Riot » ont fait irruption dans la cathédrale centrale de Moscou et ont chanté à tue-tête « Marie, mère de Dieu, chasse Poutine ». Deux d’entre elles, mères de jeunes enfants, ont été arrêtées par la suite et emprisonnées. Mercredi 20 juin, le tribunal Taganski a prolongé leur maintien en détention provisoire jusqu’au 24 juillet 2012. (Crédit photo : Andreï Stenine / RIA Novosti)

20 06 2012

Annea Lockwood "Piano Transplants"

from: http://www.annealockwood.com/compositions/pianotransplants.htm


Annea Lockwood "Piano Transplants"

Download the .pdf scores

Please Note: All pianos used should already be beyond repair.

Piano Burning (1968 - London)

Set upright piano (not a grand) in an open space with the lid closed.
Spill a little lighter fluid on a twist of paper and place inside, near the pedals.
Light it.
Balloons may be stapled to the piano.
Play whatever pleases you for as long as you can.

Piano Garden (1969-70 - Ingatestone, Essex)

Dig a sloping trench and slip an upright piano in sideways so that it is half interred.
A small grand piano may be set down amongst bushes etc.
Plant fast growing trees and creepers around the pianos.
Do not protext against weather and leave the pianos there forever.

Piano Drowning (1972 - Amarillo, Texas)

Find a shallow pond with a clay/other hard bed in an isolated place.
Slide upright piano into position vertically, just off-shore.
Anchor the piano against storms, e.g. by rope to strong stakes.
Take photographs and play it monthly, as it slowly sinks.

Southern Exposure (1982 - realised 2005 at Bathers Beach, Freemantle, Australia)

Chain a ship's anchor to the back leg of a grand piano.
Set the piano at the high tide mark, lid raised.
Leave it there until it vanishes.

19 06 2012
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