December 2, 1959: LaMonte Young (24) begins a series of “Noon Concerts” for the University of California at Berkeley music department. They feature contemporary composers, including John Cage (47) and himself. Vision, a theatre and music piece by Young is performed for the first time. Musicians are separated spatially and the performance takes place in the dark. Among the performers is Terry Riley (24).
January 5, 1960: Poems for Tables, Chairs, and Benches, etc. (or other sound sources) by Lamonte Young (24) is performed for the first time, at the University of California at Berkeley. See 11 April 1960.
April 11, 1960: John Cage (47) and David Tudor perform LaMonte Young's (24) Poem for Chairs, Tables, Benches, etc. (or other sound sources) at the Living Theatre, New York. This performance, and subsequent ones in Cologne, thrust Young's name into the hierarchy of experimental music. See 5 January 1960.
October 1, 1960: This is the approximate date that LaMonte Young (24) moves to New York from California.
March 31, 1961: Compositions 1960 #10 and Compositions 1961 by LaMonte Young (25) are performed for the first time, in Paine Hall of Harvard University. For the 13 Compositions 1961, the score for each consisting of the direction "Draw a straight line and follow it", Young draws 13 straight lines as identically as he can.
May 14, 1961: Arabic Numeral (any integer), to HF by LaMonte Young (26) is performed for the first time, in New York.
May 19, 1961: Philip Glass (24) a student at the Juilliard School of Music, encounters minimalism for the first time at a performance of LaMonte Young’s (25) Compositions 1960 #10 and Compositions 1961 in Yoko Ono’s loft at 112 Chambers Street, New York. (This could be 20 May)
July 2, 1961: LaMonte Young (25) gives the first of two performances at the A/G Gallery on Madison Avenue, New York. He performs Composition 1960 #7.
July 9, 1961: LaMonte Young (25) gives the second of two performances at the A/G Gallery on Madison Avenue, New York. He performs Composition 1960 #3.
September 6, 1961: In the Kongresshalle Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, David Tudor, Kenji Kobayashi, Christoph Caskel, and Carla Henius perform a program of German premieres: Wonderful Widow of 18 Springs and 26’55.988” for pianist and string player by John Cage (49), Incidental Music by George Brecht, Canons for piano and percussion by David Behrman, Stanzas for violin and piano by Toshi Ichiyanagi (28), To Henry Flynt by LaMonte Young (25), and Envelope for violin and piano by Terry Riley (26). One audience member calls for an ambulance during Young’s piece. The crew arrives and leaves when they find Tudor on the floor, in the middle of hitting a gong 566 times. Also present is Alvin Lucier (30) who will remember Pierre Boulez (36) standing on a chair, staring down at Tudor during To Henry Flynt.
September 27, 1961: Two works by Nam June Paik (29) are performed for the first time, in Stockholm: Do it yourself--Answers to LaMonte Young and Simple.
June 22, 1962: LaMonte Young (26) and artist and calligrapher Marian Zazeela begin living together in New York.
October 12, 1962: Trio for strings by LaMonte Young (26) is performed for the first time, in Judson Hall, New York.
May 19, 1963: The Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer for unspecified instruments, one of the Four Dreams of China by LaMonte Young (27), is performed for the first time, at the New Jersey farm of George Segal. The work is performed on bowed mandolins.
June 22, 1963: LaMonte Young (27) marries Marian Zazeela, an artist and calligrapher, exactly one year to the day after they moved in together.
October 30, 1964: Tonight is the first night of LaMonte Young’s (29) The Tortoise Droning Selected Pitchesfrom the Holy Numbers for the Two Black Tigers, the Green Tiger, and the Hermit. The entire work will be presented over the weekends 30 October-1 November and 20-22 November 1964.
September 23, 1965: An advertisement by LaMonte Young (29) appears in The Village Voice: Fluxorchestra performs twenty world premieres of avant-gagist music, ying yang music, Donald Duck music, anti-neobaroque music, pataphysical music, no music. LaMonte Young conducting an orchestra of twenty unskilled instrumentalists." (Rubin, 170)
August 20, 1966: After performing at the Sundance Festival in Pennsylvania, LaMonte Young (30) disbands his performance group The Theatre of Eternal Music, which includes himself, his wife Marian Zazeela, and Terry Riley (31).
May 18, 1968: Music Now gives its first performances in a series called “Sounds of Discovery” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Most are programmed by Cornelius Cardew (32), although this one, featuring the music of LaMonte Young (32) and Terry Riley (32), is not.