La MonteYoung  
Country:   USA
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La Monte Young has pioneered the concept of extended time durations in contemporary music for over 40 years. He contributed extensively to the study of just intonation and to the development of rational number based tuning systems that are used in his periodic composite sound waveform environments, as well as in many of his major performance works. Presentations of Young's work in the U.S. and Europe, as well as his theoretical writings, gradually influenced a group of composers to create a static, periodic music which became known as Minimalism. Musician magazine stated, As the acknowledged father of minimalism and guru emeritus to the British art-rock school, his influence is pervasive, and in 1985 the Los Angeles Herald Examiner wrote, " for the past quarter of a century he has been the most influential composer in America. Maybe in the world." In Minimalism:Origins, 1993, Edward Strickland added, “Young is now widely recognized as the originator of the most influential classical music style of the final third of the twentieth century.” In L.A. in the '50s Young played jazz saxophone, leading a group with Billy Higgins, Dennis Budimir and Don Cherry. He also played with Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Terry Jennings, Don Friedman and Tiger Echols. At Yoko Ono's studio in 1960 he was director of the first New York loft concert series. He was the editor of An Anthology (NY 1963), which with his Compositions 1960 became a primary influence on concept art and the Fluxus movement. In 1962 Young founded his group, The Theatre of Eternal Music, and embarked on The Tortoise, His Dreams and Journeys (1964- ), a large work involving improvisation within strict predetermined guidelines. Young played sopranino saxophone and sang with the group. Dennis Johnson, Terry Riley, Angus MacLise, Marian Zazeela, Tony Conrad, John Cale, Jon Gibson, Jon Hassell, Lee Konitz and David Rosenboom are among those who worked in this group under Young's direction. With Marian Zazeela in the early '60s he formulated the concept of a Dream House, a permanent space with sound and light environments in which a work would be played continuously. Young and Zazeela have presented works in sound and light worldwide, from music and light box sculptures to large-scale environmental installations, culminating in two Dia Art Foundation realizations: the 6-year continuous 6-story Harrison Street Dream House (NYC 1979-85) and the 1-year environment (22nd Street NYC 1989-90) within which Young presented The Lower Map of The Eleven's Division in The Romantic Symmetry (over a 60 cycle base) in Prime Time from 112 to 144 with 119 with the Theatre of Eternal Music Big Band. This 23-piece chamber orchestra was the largest Theatre of Eternal Music ensemble to appear in concert to date. Young has since presented Dream House sound environments at MAC Lyon (1999); Espace Donguy, Paris (1990); Ruine der Künste, Berlin (1992); Pompidou Center, Paris (1994-95); Musée Art Contemporain Lyon (1999) and the MELA Foundation Dream House: Seven Years of Sound and Light, which opened in New York in 1993 and will continue beyond the year 2000. As the first western disciple of renowned master vocalist Pandit Pran Nath, Young has performed and taught the Kirana style of Indian classical music since 1970.
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flux_09 Mp3 - USA Edit
The Four Dreams of China Composition New York USA Edit
Trio for Strings - - 1957 USA Edit
Composition 1960 #2 Musical Composition - 1960 USA Edit
Composition 1960 #5 Musical Composition unspecified 1960 USA Edit
Composition 1960 #7 Musical Composition unspecified 1960 USA Edit
X for Henry Flynt Musical Composition unspecified 1960 USA Edit
Composition 1960 #10 (for Bob Morris) Fluxus Event Score - 1960 USA Edit
The Well-tuned Piano Composition - 1964 USA Edit
Drift Study Composition - 1969 USA Edit
13 1 73 5:35-6 : 14 : 03 PM NYC Composition recording/vinyl: La Monte Young: The Theatre of Eternal Music (Sandar, 1973?) 1973 USA Edit
Drift Study 14 VII 73 9 : 27 : 27-10 : 06 : 41 PM NYC Composition - 1973 USA Edit
Dream House Sound and Light Installation 6 Harrison Street Project of Dia Art Foundation, NYC 1979 USA Edit
89 VI 8 c. 1:42-1:52 AM Paris Encore, 10:33 - - 1989 France Edit
Happenings and Fluxus Sound and Light Installation Galerie 1900-2000, Paris 1989 France Edit
Ubi Fluxus ibi motus 1990-1962, Sound and Light Installation 44th Venice Biennale 1990 Italy Edit
Hors Limites Exhibition Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 1994 France Edit