New York based composer La Monte Young has been active since his early associations with the Fluxus art movement, and innovators like Terry Riley, John Cale, Tony Conrad and Pandit Pran Nath in the 1960s. Since then he has trodden his own resolutely singular path, refusing to compromise or fit in with musical or lifestyle conventions. At his legendary Dream House in Manhattan, he and wife Marian Zazeela curate a permanent, immersive installation of musical drones and coloured lights, operating according to an eccentric timescale outside the 24 hour clock.
Dating from 1962, The Four Dreams of China was a four part exploration of drones and overtones that inspired the Dream House’s foundation. An eight-piece trumpet group consisting of musicians with close associations to the composer will play The Second Dream from this series, along with a lightshow designed by Marian Zazeela. Meditative and unsettling, it expresses both permanence and perpetual, microscopic change.
La Monte Young: The Melodic Version (1984) of The Second Dream of The High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer from The Four Dreams of China (1962) in a setting of Dream Light
Performed by The Theatre of Eternal Music Brass Ensemble
Trumpets in Harmon Mutes:
Led by Ben Neill and Marco Blaauw. Produced in collaboration with Marco Blaauw.