La Monte Young – Marian Zazeela

Dream House

The Just Alap Raga Ensemble
Three evening concerts in the Raga Darbari in the light installation
Dream Light

European Premiere

further performances
Karlsruhe, ZKM: 7th April 2012
Polling, Kunst im Regenbogenstadl: 14th April 2012

20 March – 1 April 2012
daily 3 p.m - 8 p.m. / free entrance

La Monte Young

La Monte Young

© Jung Hee Choi

Past Dates

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 Ensemble within the installation, concert evenings that La Monte Young dedicates to his Indian music guru Pandit Pran Nath – a unique, sumptuous and sensual event.

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
Alex Carpenter / James Ross, video

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