The Just Alap Rag Ensemble
The Just Alap Raga Ensemble, which was founded in 2002, is devoted to the connection between classical Indian music and La Monte Young’s compositions. The word “just” in the ensemble’s name refers to the pure, non-tempered tuning; “raga” to a melody’s special modality, and “Alap” to an extensive introductory segment of the Indian music. The ensemble’s members include La Monte Young, his wife Marian Zazeela, American Jung Hee Choi and Indian tabla player Naren Bundhkar. A number of guest musicians are closely connected to the ensemble and frequently participate in performances.