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Rhys Chatham will perform ‘Guitar Trio’ at the Met

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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