Pandit Pran Nath, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Musicians of the Kirana Gharana


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Lord of the Drone: Pandit Pran Nath and the American Underground by Alexander Keefe has been published by Bidoun Magazine / Art and Culture from the Middle East.

Alexander Keefe weaves his knowledge of the history of Indian classical music with the remarkable tale of the life of Pandit Pran Nath, his voyage to the West and his profound influence on La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Terry Riley and other artists and musicians working in the 60's and 70's multimedia underground. A beautiful article including several rare archival photographs, Keefe's insightful essay presents a uniquely contemporary perspective on this great Hindustani master vocalist.

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Special Reduced Price - 2-CD Set Now Only $24
2-CDIn honor of Pandit Pran Nath's 91st Birthday and thanks to 3rd edition print savings we can now offer Just Dreams 2-CD set of Raga Malkauns for only $24 - a twelve dollar price reduction from the original $36 price!

Pandit Pran Nath: Midnight / Raga Malkauns:
New 2-CD commercial release from Just Dreams, Inc. Two full-CD recordings of Raga Malkauns by Pandit Pran Nath, accompanied by full texts of the vocal compositions presented in Devanagri script, phonetic English, word-by-word translation, and poetic interpretation by Sri Karunamayee, a longtime senior disciple of the Master. (JD 003) 2-CD set.
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La Monte Young, 2 sounds, (April 1960).  First Release of Young’s Notorious 1960’s Friction Noise Music.  On the Simone Forti DVD, AN EVENING OF DANCE CONSTRUCTIONS, Accompaniment to La Monte’s 2 sounds & La Monte’s 2 sounds.   
In 1961, well before John Cage selected 2 sounds for Merce Cunningham’s dance “Winterbranch” in 1964, seminal choreographer Simone Forti had created “Accompaniment for La Monte’s 2 sounds and La Monte’s 2 sounds,” which she premiered on the solo concert La Monte had invited her to perform at Yoko Ono’s Chambers Street studio.  In 2004, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles asked Forti to re-create her early dance constructions at the Geffen Contemporary space.  This ARTPIX DVD documents that evening’s performances Including La Monte Young’s notes on 2 sounds. 

The British composer Cornelius Cardew wrote in ONE SOUND: LA MONTE YOUNG, MUSICAL TIMES, London, November 1966:  “One further composition reached England in 1964 when the Merce Cunningham Dance Company were at Sadler’s Wells and the Phoenix Theatre for a season.  Cunningham had choreographed a composition called 2 Sounds.  The composer had provided two sounds on separate tapes, to be started at different points during the ballet.  When the first sound starts you cannot imagine that any more horrible sound exists in the whole world.  Then the second sound comes in and you have to admit you were wrong.” 
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Pandit Pran Nath: Ragas Shudh Sarang and Kut Todi: The first of the long awaited recordings from the historic 1972 Raga Cycle concerts which took place at the Palace Theatre in Paris is now available.

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One of the undeniable beauties of Indian Classical Music is its strong  connection to nature and especially the binding relationship of Raga melodies to their appropriate time of day. An elegant curve of melody, a subtle lowering of pitch, or an assertiveness attached to a particular note help to define the effect of a Raga. There are Ragas for all the times of day and night as well as seasons and when they are sung at their appropriate time their effectiveness is noticeably enhanced. Pandit Pran Nath's knowledge of this musical science was extraordinary and he made it his life's work to probe deeply with his expressive voice the true character of each raga using his matchless pitch discrimination and compelling emotional range. Accompanying Pran Nath in these Palace Theatre Concerts are his American disciples, La MonteYoung and Marian Zazeela, tamburas, and Terry Riley, tabla. The Raga Cycle at the Palace Theatre in Paris, 1972 showcased Pandit Pran Nath at the peak of his powers. The Raga Cycle took place over three consecutive days: Friday, May 28th night ragas, Saturday May 29th, late afternoon ragas and Sunday, May 30th, morning and mid-day ragas." -Terry Riley. (Sri Moonshine) CD.
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CD EDITION Ustad Hafizullah Khan, Khalifa Kirana Gharana. Just Dreams' re-issue of the out-of-print CD-R originally on the Kirana West label. First recording released by the late Sarangi Master, Khalifa and son of Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan of the Kirana Gharana. Exquisite intonation, pure tone, graceful command of the bow, effortless speed over the complete range of three octaves. "Tradition, love and devotion-a beacon of the Kirana Gharana in our time." --La Monte Young. (Just Dreams 005) CD. $16
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In Between the Notes: A Portrait of Pandit Pran Nath: 28-minute video documentary on the Master Indian Vocalist and his influence on American artists Terry Riley, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela. DVD format. $34


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Photograph of Pandit Pran Nath:  Full-color 8x10 photo reproduction of Pandit Pran Nath singing Raga Todi at Sahastradara, 1972.  Marian Zazeela, photo. $13
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La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela, The Black Record: From the rare, limited, numbered edition of 2,800. Young & Zazeela's first LP. Includes sections from Map of 49's Dream... & Studies in the Bowed Disc., signed by the Artists. $607
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