Concert by The Just Alap Raga Ensemble
in the MELA Dream
Saturday, November 6, 9
Pandit Pran Nath 86th
Birthday Memorial Tribute
La Monte Young, voice
Marian Zazeela, voice
Jung Hee Choi, voice
Da'ud Constant, 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
Saturday, November 6, 2004, 9 pm
Admission $24. MELA Members, Seniors, Student ID,
Limited seating. Advance reservations recommended.
A Concert of Evening Ragas in the contemporary Kirana Style of North
Indian Classical Music will be performed by La Monte Young and Marian
Zazeela with The Just Alap Raga Ensemble in a memorial tribute
honoring Pandit Pran Nath on his 86th birthday, Saturday, November 6, at 9
pm in the MELA Foundation Dream House light environment, 275
Church Street, 3rd Floor. PLEASE NOTE: The Dream
House will be closed on Thursday, November 4th and Saturday, November
6th because of the scheduled concert.
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 ensemble, La Monte 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 timeless alap, and for one of the most ancient and evolved vocal
traditions extant today. Featuring extended alap sections
and sustained vocal drones in just intonation over tamburas, Young and
Zazeela 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. .
La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela will be accompanied by Jung Hee Choi and
Da'ud Constant, voices, Naren Budhkar, tabla, and The Tamburas of
Pandit Pran Nath from the Just Dreams CD. The Just
Alap ensemble will present the continuing avant-premiere of a new
composition by La Monte Young, “Raga Sundara,” a vilampit khayal
set in Raga Yaman Kalyan, composed under a commission grant
from the NYSCA Individual Artists Program.
La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela helped bring renowned master
vocalist Pandit Pran Nath to the U.S. and became his first Western
disciples, studying with him for twenty-six years in the traditional
manner of living with the guru. Young and Zazeela
have taught the Kirana style and performed with Pandit Pran since 1970
in hundreds of concerts in India, Iran, Europe and the United States.
In June 2002, Young was conferred the title of Khan Sahib
Khalifa Hafizullah Khan Sahib.
Pandit Pran Nath, who passed away on June 13, 1996, 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. He performed frequently in New
York City and in 1972, established his own school under the direction of
La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, the Kirana Center for Indian
Classical Music, now a project of MELA Foundation. In Fall 1993,
Pran Nath inaugurated the MELA Foundation Dream House
three Raga Cycle
concerts and continued to perform here
annually during his lifetime.
Pran Nath's majestic expositions of the slow alap
combined with his emphasis on perfect intonation and the
clear evocation of mood had a profound impact on Western contemporary
composers and performers. In addition to 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,
Sufi Pir Shabda Kahn, mathematician and composer Christer Hennix,
concept artist and violinist Henry Flynt, dancer Simone Forti, and many
others took advantage of the opportunity to study with the master.
Admission is $24 / $18 MELA members; seniors; students with ID.
Limited seating. Advance reservations recommended. For
further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
or 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.
concert is funded in part through the Meet The Composer Fund program
with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, New
York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and
the Jerome Foundation.