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April 18, 1998

Since the Gramavision Recording of 

The Well Tuned Piano by La Monte Young

is long out of print, I will be hosting 

a listening session at:

     The Dream House 

     on April 26th at 3:00 p.m.

     275 Church Street, 3rd floor

     N.Y., N.Y.

     between White & Franklin, 

     3 1/2 blocks south of Canal St.

        non-MELA members: $7.00 donation

        MELA members/monitors and one friend: free

Come prepared to spend 5 hours listening 

to this important work and landmark recording.

See what the press had to say about this recording:

MELA Foundation URL:

Email: David Beardsley -


*    David Beardsley



*    virtual dream house monitor

*                         for the MELA Foundation


November 1, 1997

Mela Foundation is seeking interns for unpaid volunteer positions of Monitor for Dream House exhibition.

Dream House: Seven Years of Sound and Light, a collaborative Sound and Light Environment by composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela, is presented in an extended exhibition at MELA Foundation, 275 Church Street, 3rd Floor. Young and Zazeela characterize the Sound and Light Environment as a "time installation measured by a setting of continuous frequencies in sound and light."

POSITION: MONITOR for DREAM HOUSE exhibition (Volunteer Interns)

Hours: Exhibition is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:00 PM to Midnight. Time slots of four to six hours need to be filled on those days.

Description: Monitor will open or close exhibition; turn on electronic sound equiptment and turn up light environment; make sure all technical equiptment is running properly; greet visitors; distribute information; answer questions concerning the environment; sell books and recordings.

Contact: Call the MELA Foundation, 212-925-8270. If you call, leave a message on the answering machine with your phone number and times we can reach you. Or come to 275 Church Street, 3rd Floor, Thursdays and Saturdays, 2:00 PM to Midnight, and experience the environment and speak to the monitor on duty.

October 24, 1997

There will be benefits for La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela 
in New York on September 25th, 1997 
and also at London's Barbican on October 31, 1997. 


"People like La Monte Young who are making music from extreme positions set a standard for everybody. The fact that he's in this position just shows how much compromise there usually is in music." 
Jason Pierce 
Time Out/London 
October 22-29, 1997 
It will be a unique evening. Those expecting a "Pulp with Spiritualized" gig will be disappointed - it won't be a straightforward as that. The event will be a series of compact, neat contributions. Pulp will play - premiering songs from their next album This is Hardcore with their performance supplemented by the English Chamber Orchestra and on one number they'll be joined by Gavin Bryars on piano, in turn, their guitarist, Mark Webber, will join the Gavin Bryars' Ensemble in a performance of "Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet". There'll be a performance of Crossing the Border by post-minimalist Steve Martland, a film of La Monte Young playing an extract from his piece The Well Tuned Piano, and Jason Pierce - he of Spiritualized and late of Spacemen 3. All this and more. Some of the illuminati who are able to perform, because of prior commitments, will be making contributions in other forms. 
Robert Warby 
From the Independent Eye centerfold 
London, Friday, October 17, 1997 
"...Spring Heel Jack have recorded two special pieces, Kraftwerk are sending some promotional artwork, Terry Riley is sending a piece of unreleased music. Nick Cave will be doing "something". 
"A lot of stuff in America is being sold as this "new electronica", as the new future of music, but people like Young and Terry Riley have been doing this stuff for 30 years." 
Mark Webber 
Time Out/London 
October 22-29, 1997 
October 18, 1997

There are two benefits planned for La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela:

A Benefit for

La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela

Vocal concert of North Indian Ragas with

Terry Riley

Disciple of Faquir Pran Nath

Accompanied by

Michael Harrison - Voice and Tamboura

Lee Torchia - Tamboura

Rose Okada - Sarangi

Rik Masterson - Tabla

Saturday, October 25th - 8pm

The Tribe Dance Studio

137 Duane Street, Buzzer 203, NYC

between West Broadway & Church Street

2 blocks north of Chambers

Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, A, E or C to Chambers

4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge

N or R to City Hall

Admission - $15

Please call: Zarifah Sander Manzella 

@ 212-265-5199 for information
Also from Mark Webber: 
    thought you might like to know about the benefit 
    concert i have organised for La Monte young and 
    marian zazeela. i don't know if you're aware, but
    marian has been quite ill recently & doctor's haven't 
    yet made a satisfactory diagnosis. she spent about 60 
    days incapacitated in bed with severe back pains and 
    general numbness. this of course meant they were
    unable to continue with their work and made their 
    financial problems very obvious. the concert is on 
    october 31st at the barbican centre in london and will 
    feature special performances by pulp, spiritualized, 
    gavin bryars ensemble and the english chamber orchestra 
    performing steve martland. there will also be exclusive 
    tape contributions from terry riley and spring heel
    jack. we will be showing video excerpts of La Monte 
    performing the well-tuned piano and with the blues band. 
    please let anyone you know in the uk know about the 
    concert, which will be officially announced on friday
    17th with La Monte on the front cover of the guardian 
    newspaper's arts supplement.
    best wishes,
    mark webber
There is an article by Marian Zazeela about Jack Smith in the October 1997 issue of Artforum. 

Dream House: Seven Years of Sound and Light is again open to the public for the 1997-98 season. 

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