Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation: Revealing the Commas
Composer and pianist Michael Harrison (called “an American maverick” by Philip Glass) is one of only a few musicians with equal training and immersion in both Western classical and Indian classical music.
His music forges a new approach to composition through tunings and structures that extend the ancient concept of just intonation, a form of pure tuning constructed from musical intervals of perfect mathematical proportions.
Composer La Monte Young brought Harrison to New York as his protégé. Living in Young’s Tribeca loft during this formative decade, Harrison was immersed in the world of minimal music and art. He became the only person other than the composer to perform Young’s 6-hour The Well-Tuned Piano. Most importantly, he became a disciple of Young and Terry Riley’s music guru Pandit Pran Nath, working intensively with him in the U.S. and India.