October 12 at 7:30 PM and October 14, 2023 at 8:30 PM
MELA Foundation Dream House
275 Church Street, New York
Two live performances of Tonecycle for Blues Base 30 Hz, 2:3:7 Ensemble Version with 4:3 and 7:6 will be performed by The Sundara All-Star Band on October 12 and 14 in the La Monte Young Marian Zazeela Jung Hee Choi Dream House Sound and Light Environment. The three legendary vocalists—La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, and Jung Hee Choi—and two virtuoso just intonation fretless guitar and bass—Jon Catler and Hansford Rowe—will improvise harmonically related frequency ratios over Choi’s composition, Tonecycle for Blues accompanied by widely acclaimed tabla master, Naren Budhkar. While traversing the common ground of improvisational phrases rooted in Indian raga, American blues techniques, Korean traditional folk ballads and musical Minimalism, this work creates a highly original sound that is based on just intervals. Over the seventy-seven continuously revolving sine-wave frequencies, six channels of vocal overlays will be set in ratios based on the harmonics 2, 3, and 7. The relationship of the improvisations to the continuous drone elaborates the musical meaning of the pitch, creating a harmonious construct and inviting the listener into a deeply contemplative world.
For the artist’s full notes on the composition, please see the Tonecycle for Blues Base 30 Hz, 2:3:7 Ensemble Version with 4:3 and 7:6 page on this site, here.