Finally restocked: two full-cd recordings of raga malkauns by Pandit Pran Nath are accompanied by a 20-page enclosed booklet with texts of the vocal compositions (presented in devanagri script and phonetic english), word-by-word translation and poetic interpretation by sri karunamayee, a longtime senior disciple of the master.
This double cd set is the first of many recordings by Pandit Pran Nath scheduled for release on the just dreams label. it features an earlier 1971 recording of a live performance of raga malkauns that was one of his most intense and powerful, and a 1976 studio performance of the same raga and the same compositions, that is both well-recorded and extremely masterful. together in one release, the two performances provide a rare opportunity to study, compare and enjoy the range and expressiveness of this great raga and the breadth of musicianship evidenced by the renderings of Pandit Pran Nath.
Personnel on the 1971 recording includes Pandit Pran Nath (voice), Terry Riley (tabla), Ann Riley (tambura) and Simone Forti (tambura). the 1976 recording features, in addition to Pandit Pran Nath's vocals, K. Paramjyoti (tabla), La Monte Young (tambura) and Marian Zazeela (tambura).
Produced by Just Dreams, Inc. with support from MELA Foundation, Inc.
CD 1 recorded for broadcast by KQED, San Francisco in August 4, 1971.
CD 2 recorded by Tom Duffy at Big Apple Recording Studios, Ltd., New York City, August 21, 1976.
Cover, package design and booklet (C) La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela 2003
(C)(P) 2002 Pandit Pran Nath Musical Composition Trust