Posted in music | tour dates on March 27, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

Rhys Chatham

Celebrated downtown composer Rhys Chatham will lead his group in a performance of his seminal 1977 composition Guitar Trio, accompanied by a slide presentation by the artist Robert Longo entitled Pictures for Music, on Friday, April 24, 2009, at 6:00 PM as part of the Metropolitan Museum Concerts series. Longo was one of the original guitarists in Chatham's group, and will perform with the ensemble. In addition to Chatham and Longo on electric guitar, the other performers are Sarah Lipstate, Ned Sublette, Robert Poss, and Adam Wills, electric guitar; Ernie Brooks, electric bass; and Jonathan Kane, drums. John Gernand is the sound engineer.
Tickets for the event are on sale. The 1977 piece has been performed countless times, some of which Chatham are documented on his site. The New York Times checked in on a 1981 performance...
Guitar Trio, scored for three electric guitars, bass guitar and drums, was a dangerously decibeled exploration of upper overtones emitted in furious strumming across fretboards. As violent articulations shifted, the cacophonous rock sound became background for a highpitched overtone line that sounded with a seemingly independent life, suggesting soft gentility or irritating shrillness.-[NY Times]
Over the summer a performance of Rhys' "200 Guitars" was cancelled at the last minute due to rain. Videos from two February 2007 "Guitar Trio" performances, below...

Rhys Chatham Guitar Trio in Minneapolis 2/10/07

Rhys Chatham - Guitar Trio - Milwaukee 02/11/07

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Comments (4)

That would be at the Met.

Posted by drewo | March 27, 2009 12:22 PM

40 bucks!? that's over $10 a guitar (not including bass guitar)! maybe it'd be worth it if there were 200 guitars (only 50 cents a guitar!)....

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 12:27 PM

Sarah Lipstate (Noveller, Parts and Labor)is a fucking amazing guitarist/experimentalist. although the $40 pricetag makes me kind of hesitant here, normally noise shows are 10 bucks...

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 12:32 PM

"That would be at the Met."

good point, thanks! (fixed)

Posted by brooklynvegan | March 27, 2009 12:33 PM

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