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La Monte Young installation in Berlin for Maerz Musik festival! by DuChamp
La Monte Young Marian Zazeela
The Just Alap Raga Ensemble
Three evening concerts in the Raga Darbari
In the light installation by
Marian Zazeela
Dream Light
European Premiere

La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela / Jung Hee Choi, voice
Naren Budhkar, tabla
The Tamburas of Pandit Pran Nath, pre-recorded
Jim Conti, lighting
Bob Bielecki / Ben Manley, sound

20 March – 1 April 2012

Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstraße 3 Mitte
daily 3 p.m – 8 p.m. / free entrance

In collaboration with DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence progra,,e, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Kunst im Regenbogenstadl Polling, Angelica Festival Bologna, Fondazione Mudima Milano and Kulturbüro SOPHIEN Berlin. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

In addition to John Cage, La Monte Young is among the most influential representatives of the American avant-garde. Unique musicians performing his concert cycle within Marian Zazeela’s light installation, Dream Light, at MaerzMusik is a minor sensation and may well be the final opportunity to experience these exceptional artists in Europe, as they stopped travelling ten years ago.
La Monte Young is considered to be the founder of minimal music, composing with sustained tones and expanded time concepts as early as the 1950s. He played jazz with Terry Jennings, concentrated on European and American avant-garde music, as well as Indian and Japanese music, and participated in the Fluxus movement.
In the 1960s, he began working onThe Well-Tuned Piano using just intonation, compositions with octaves, fifths and natural sevenths. Together with his wife, Marian Zazeela, he developed numerous sound-light installations and performances, among them the legendary Dream House, which appeared at the documenta in Kassel in 1972.
For two weeks, MaerzMusik will see the grand hall at Villa Elisabeth transformed into a »Dream House«. La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela invite you to spend time in a magical sound and light installation in which slowly changing drones and intensive magenta lights seem to stall time. On three evenings, La Monte Young will perform with The Just Alap Raga Ensemblewithin the installation, concert evenings that La Monte Young dedicates to his Indian music guru Pandit Pran Nath – a unique, sumptuous and sensual event.

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