Entries tagged with: Rhys Chatham

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White Fence
White Fence

As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.

White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.

The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.

These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.

Continue reading "White Fence streaming new LP, added to Northside Fest line-up (Mac DeMarco, Nu Sensae, Kylesa, Torche & more too)"

Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.

The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.

As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.

Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.

Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.

Continue reading "Northside Festival announces initial 2013 line-up (Black Flag [Ginn/Reyes]), Swans, Merchandise, Lambchop + more"

Dog Playing Piano

Tickets for the Leonard Cohen show at Radio City go on AEG/Venue/Radio presales today at 9 AM (password: "LEONARD").

VIP packages for the Muse shows at Mohegan Sun and Nassau Coliseum go on presale today at 10 AM.

Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree is playing the Best Buy Theater on April 26. Tickets go on presale today at 10 AM (password: "RAVEN").

Tickets for the shows Miguel is opening for Alicia Keys at Barclays Center and MSG go on AEG/Venue/Radio presales today at 10 AM (password: "ONFIRE").

De La Soul and DOOM were just added to the TV On the Radio-curated ATP happening in the UK in May; and Tom Tom Club, Rhys Chatham, and William Basinski were added to the Deerhunter-curated ATP happening the UK in June. Tickets for both are on sale at ATP's site.

Browse the "tickets on sale" tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Spy Music Festival

The second-annual Spy Music Festival happens June 29th through July 15th, featuring "46 sets of music at 7 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn." That's a big expansion from last year when it took place on two nights at Shea Stadium and Zebulon. This year's fest, run by the folks at Northern Spy Records, will happen at Union Pool, the Issue Project Room, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and Roulette. Amongst the artists performing are Rhys Chatham, Matthew Shipp, Dustin Wong, Arthur Doyle, Eugene Chadbourne, PG Six, Guardian Alien and Magik Markers.

The full Spy Music Festival schedule -- bands, venues, prices -- is below. There's no all-inclusive festival pass, but tickets to all the shows are available here. And the fest organizers have also made a sampler featuring the artists performing this year and you can stream that below as well.

Continue reading "Magik Markers, Dustin Wong, Eugene Chadbourne, Matthew Shipp and more playing NYC's Spy Music Festival"

photos by David Andrako

Rhys & Oneida
Oneida and Rhy Chatham

Composer/guitarist Rhys Chatham collaborated with Brooklyn band Oneida for a set of new compositions they played together at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC on Saturday night (3/17). "Fucking amazing," said one BV contributor in attendance. Here are some pictures from the Ecstatic Music Festival show.

Catch Oneida again when they headline NYC Taper's 5th anniversary show at 285 Kent in Brooklyn on May 12.

More pictures from the Manhattan show below...

Continue reading "Oneida played Ecstatic Music Fest w/ Rhys Chatham (pics), playing NYC Taper anniversary show"

Grouper at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Natasha Ryan)

Mini festival Neon Marshmallow is making its way to NYC, after two successful outings in Chicago. The festival will call Public Assembly home over three days (10/14 - 10/16), featuring live performances, DJ sets, and visuals from many artists who embrace experimentalism. Among the bands performing at the fest are names like Tim Hecker, Rhys Chatham (who celebrates 40 years of The Kitchen in September), Grouper, Phill Niblock, and many others that range in genre from Alan Licht to The Men (who are currently touring and will play Saint Vitus on 9/17) to Xeno & Oaklander to La Big Vic. The festival is currently selling weekend passes, though no word on individual days or who will perform on each day. Full lineup is below.

In other news, Grouper, who recently played LPR and Glasslands, has a new digital 7" available. Stream the title track from Grouper's latest Water People 7" below alongside the full Neon Marshmallow lineup.

Continue reading "Neon Marshmallow fest coming to Brooklyn (3 days @ Public Assembly w/ Tim Hecker, Grouper, many more)"

Talking Heads at The Kitchen in 1976 (photo by Kathy Landman)
Talking Heads

On the occasion of The Kitchen's 40th Anniversary, legendary experimental musician and composer Rhys Chatham curates a shared program of music from his time as a performer and music curator at The Kitchen during the 1970s. Avant-garde luminaries Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, and Laurie Spiegel will return to The Kitchen's stage and perform the now canonical experimental music pieces they debuted at The Kitchen in the 1970s, an incredibly fertile and experimental period in New York when these pioneering artists helped create the original "downtown sound."
Congrats to the legendary Kitchen for on their 40th Anniversary! Come celebrate the venue over two nights, Friday 9/9 with Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, and Rhys Chatham and Saturday 9/10 with Tony Conrad, Laurie Spiegel, and Rhys Chatham. Tickets for both nights are still available by phone or by foot, and will set you back $12 each.

A week after that you can continue withe the celebration at the annual Kitchen Block Party on 9/17, a FREE street fair that goes down at 11AM - 4PM on 19th between 10th and 11th Avenue. Come check out multiple art booths, live music & dance, kid friendly activites, and much more. More details on the block party, as well as a short documentary on the significance of The Kitchen, below...

Continue reading "The Kitchen celebrating 40 w/ 'Pioneers of the Downtown Sound', hosting annual block party"

photos & videos by Jessica Amaya

The Love Language @ The Rock Shop
The Love Language

The Love Language played The Rock Shop on Saturday (8/20) with Nightdogs and IYEZ. Pictures and videos from that show are in this post.

The show was one of a few for the Merge-signed headliner before they play Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, NC this September. Hopscotch recently updated their lineup to include The Men, Hospitality, Fan Modine, and Dreamers of the Ghetto. The Light Pines, who were scheduled to play the fest, have broken up and had to drop off, and Apex Manor, who were also scheduled to play, cancelled all of their 2011 appearances, including Hopscotch. Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio, playing the fest on September 8th with The Necks, J Mascis and Steve Gunn at Fletcher Opera Hall, has revealed its band lineup. You can check out the full schedule at Hopscotch's site and purchase Tickets there too.

More pictures and video from Brooklyn below...

Continue reading "The Love Language played the Rock Shop (pics), playing Hopscotch Fest (updated lineup)"

An image from Robert Longo's Pictures for Music (1979), which will be played alongside Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio...


Since 1993 the record label Table of the Elements has staked its claim on a massive enterprise, intending nothing less than to rewrite the history of American music in the second half of the 20th century, and beyond. Its projects have focused on musicians whose light shimmers outside the frames of convention, and comprise a vital contemporary archive of experimental, minimalist, improvised and outsider musics.
The Table of The Elements is caling it quits after eighteen years, and will go out with the three-day Copernicum Festival at Issue Project Room that kicks off tonight (5/12). Electric harpist Zeena Parkins, M2 (improv duo made up of Mission of Burma's Roger Miller and brother Ben Miller), Agathe Max, and electronic musician Ateleia will round out the first night entitled "TotE from A - Z". Tickets are still available. Agathe Max will perform selections from the silver string, which is due on Table of the Elements in September.

Friday night (5/13), " Free/Not Free" night, will honor Rhys Chatham's 1977 opus Guitar Trio with projections by Robert Longo and a performance from The Lords of Tinnitus (Robert Longo, Jonathan Kane, Robert Poss, Ernie Brooks, Zach Layton, Adam Wills, Colin Langenus, Bill Brovold). Text Of Light (featuring William Hooker, Alan Licht, Nels Cline), Jon Mueller, and Peg Simone round out the lineup. Tickets are still available.

Finally, the Table of The Elements wraps up their celebration on Saturday, "Drone x 4" night, with the previously discussed Stephen O'Malley solo show with Jonathan Kane's February, a Tony Conrad / Gastr Del Sol performance film, and Igor Cubrilovic. Tickets are still available.

R.I.P. to Table Of The Elements, but at least they're going out with a bang.


In related news, Zeena Parkins is also on board for the upcoming Undead Jazz Festival as part of Zeena Parkins and The Adorables.

Roger Miller also has a show coming up as part of the Alloy Orchestra who will "perform its original live score to the newly restored version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis" in Prospect Park this summer.

Stephen O'Malley also has a show coming up in Pennsylvania.

The Table of the Elements fest lineup in list format, below...

Continue reading "the final Table of the Elements Festival is this week @ IPR, Alloy Orchestra plays Prospect Park this summer"

Hopscotch 2011

The second annual Hopscotch Festival will go down in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, across 12 different venues with over 135 bands, from September 8th through 10th. The lineup this year runs the gamut of independent music... from traditional indie staples (The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk) to southern-inflected rock (Drive-By Truckers) to noise (Prurient) to hip hop (Beans) to garage (Jeff The Brotherhood) to funk (Budos Band) to metal (Krallice), and everywhere in between (Swans, Rhys Chatham, etc etc). Tickets are currently on sale. Full lineup is below.

Hopscotch happens almost three months after Guided By Voices play a Brooklyn Northside Festival show in McCarren Park (tickets) which is one day after Beirut plays a Northside Festival show on the same McCarren Park stage with... Sharon Van Etten (though she may have been accidentally announced at one point, they officially kept her placement on the bill under wraps until after Saturday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show). Tickets for Beirut/SVE are still on sale, and another opener will be added too.

Guided by Voices (whose Brooklyn show also has more openers coming) are also playing Pitchfork in July with Animal Collective whose Prospect Park show is now on AmEx presale.

Swans' upcoming NYC show is now on AmEx presale too.

Hopscotch lineup below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch Fest returns to Raleigh (2011 lineup announced), Sharon Van Etten officially added to Northside Fest"

Rhys Chatham at Lincoln Center (more by Tim Griffin)
Rhys Chatham

Avant great Rhys Chatham will step away from the six-strings and strap on the trumpet for a string of US dates as Rhys Chatham's Brass Trio, kicking off the trek with a headlining date at Le Poisson Rouge on Feb 9th. Tickets are still available.

His band, which consists of David Daniell on guitar and Ryan Sawyer on drums, will be joined at LPR by violin deconstructionist Tony Conrad and Face the Music, "an ensemble of astonishingly talented teenagers... in residence at the Kaufman Center" who will be performing avant composer Steve Reich's "Tehillim".

Rhys Chatham released his last LP A Crimson Grail via Nonesuch in the tail end of last year. Stream portions of that LP at the Nonesuch site where you can order it on CD/LP/digital.

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Rhys Chatham Brass Trio playing shows, NYC w/ Tony Conrad"

by Andrew Frisicano

Rhys Chatham @ Lincoln Center 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rhys Chatham

Rhys Chatham, of last year's Crimson Grail 200 guitar spectacle and downtown avant-guitar fame, will be performing two nights at the Kitchen (where in 1971 he was the first music director) this weekend (October 15 and October 16). Joining Rhys (who'll play trumpet and guitar) will be drummer Kevin Shea and bassist David Sims, as well as media artist Angie Eng. Tickets are on sale.

Another downtown luminary, Glenn Branca, will be premiering a new work, Symphony No. 15 - also titled "Running Through The World Like An Open Razor" (Music for Strange Orchestra - at (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 20th and 21st. Tickets are on sale.

And an up-and-comer in the same guitarist-composer tradition: Tyondai Braxton, formerly of Battles, will join the Wordless Music Orchstra in 2011 to play "new works for orchestra and electronics from Braxton's recent Warp Records solo debut Central Market and music by John Adams, Louis Andriessen, and Caleb Burhans." The their three-show tour stops at NYC's Alice Tully Hall on March 7th. Tickets on sale TBA. Speaking of which, there's plenty of great Wordless Music/Lincoln Center shows coming up (some free too).

All Tyondai and Wordless Orchestra dates are below...

Continue reading "Rhys Chatham in the Kitchen, Glenn Branca debuting new work, Tyondai Braxton touring w/ Wordless Orchestra (dates) "

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Steven P. Marsh

In C RemixedIn C Remixed

As its length [about an hour] suggests, this was a leisurely "In C," and it began [at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday the 8th] with a prelude of sorts: a rich aural haze surrounding a honking, spirited saxophone line that darted about for five minutes before the steady, pulsing C signaled the start of Mr. Riley's work. The ensemble, which included standard strings and woodwinds, as well as a few guitars, an accordion, a piano and percussion, moved between extremes of dense, flowing textures and transparent pointillism, with Mr. DeSantis's additions -- including what sounded like instrumental sounds played backward -- occasionally providing otherworldly effects.

By design, "In C" sounds different in every performance, and this was as good a reading as many, but not the best I've heard: that distinction is still held by the vigorous Darmstadt performance at Galapagos in 2007. [NY Times]

That's a review of the 'In C Remixed' album release concert that took place at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, November 8th. The night's performers, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, were joined by 'remixer' Dennis DeSantis on laptop and electronics. The piece moved casually and steadily, and wasn't without its charms (the opening sax breakout noted above was an especially warm introduction), but my only regret was not finding a chair for the hour-long take. The two pictures here are from that show.

Terry RileyThe 2007 "best" In C performance referenced above will happen again when the Darmstadt series brings "In C" back to Galapagos on Monday, November 30th. The performance celebrates the five year anniversary of the series, which is curated by Nick Hallett and Zach Layton. For the piece they've recruited "a battery of avant-guitar gods (David Grubbs, Alan Licht among them), veteran composer-performer Jon Gibson (who played in the very first performance of In C), singers, instrumentalists across a wide span of tones and timbres, electronic musicians....all keeping to the beat of drummer Ryan Sawyer." All that and visuals by Joshua Light Show (who did the trippy background for Yo La Tengo at Roseland in September). Tickets (only $10+fees) are on sale.

On December 3rd, 4th & 5th, Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde series will bring its second annual "Essential Repertoire" festival to the Issue Project Room. The theme for this year's fest focuses on the "30th anniversary of the seminal New Music New York concerts curated by Rhys Chatham and held at The Kitchen, which put the still-burgeoning Downtown Scene...under a mainstream spotlight and redefined the presentation of experimental music." The concerts are programmed accordingly, with music from "'Blue' Gene Tyranny, Connie Beckley, David van Tieghem, Jill Kroesen, Jon Gibson, Ned Sublette, Peter Gordon, Peter Zummo, Petr Kotik, Phill Niblock, and a performance of Meredith Monk's Dolmen Music by the M6 (who are at the Stone in December). Advanced tickets for night one are on sale, but not for two and three.

If more Terry Riley is your thing, he's been announced as the artist-in-residence at this year's Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, March 26th-28th. A retrospective of his work will take place during the fest, and that'll be sure to include "In C." Tickets and more info TBA.

More details on Darmstadt and a clip from last year's festival are below...

Continue reading "Terry Riley's 'In C' was @ LPR, will be @ Galapagos +++ Darmstadt @ Issue Project Room & Big Ears Fest info"

photos by Tim Griffin

Both the Chatham piece and Liquid Liquid were just perfect. (And a nice contrast btw LL's 'less-is-more' and Chatham's 'more-is-more' respective approaches.) What a perfect musical night! Anonymous | August 8, 2009 11:34 PM

Rhys Chatham and 200 Guitars

Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars debuted to perfect weather and a packed Damrosch Park on Saturday, August 8th. The NYT estimated a crowd of around 10,000 people. Rhys's piece began a little after 7:30pm and ran about an hour -- it was actually the first act of the night, not counting the Asphalt Orchestra, which played in Lincoln Center's main plaza.

Nothing they played was intrinsically complex; Mr. Chatham's piece dealt in massed sonorities and mingling overtones rather than manual calisthenics. An E major triad rose from nothingness, rumbling and sighing; around eight minutes in, Ryan Sawyer, a drummer onstage with Mr. Chatham, tapped out a steady beat on high-hat cymbals while glistening high notes pealed over a thumping bass line. The music dissolved into feathery whispers, then built to a jet-engine density before bursting at the 35-minute mark, giving way to a gentle coda.

In the work's second part Mr. Chatham shifted iridescent waves of tremolo from corner to corner and side to side within the ensemble. During the final section treble strings maintained a tingly sitarlike drone over a mellow countermelody and Mr. Sawyer's tick-tock pulse, inducing a bucolic Krautrock-style hypnosis. The roaring finale transformed a simple ascending diatonic scale into a vehicle for visceral catharsis, eliciting an approving roar from the audience. [NY Times]

Liquid Liquid closed out the show.
"If you know Grandmaster Melle Mel's White Lines (Don't Don't Do It), you know Liquid Liquid. The hip-hop track's bass line was lifted straight out of the track Cavern, by the Eighties NYC-based post-punk band." [Will you miss me]
More pictures, and some videos from the event, below...

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Liquid Liquid
Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars

For club-music mavens, the return of New York's seminal breakbeat artistes Liquid Liquid is a reminder that in the beginning freestyle dancers romped and stomped to the rhythms of percussionists. Two hundred electric guitars and basses line the park and plug in for the world premiere of Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars.

Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell (NYC)

Free - no tickets required

Looks like beautiful weather is in store. Check out a video from last night's Rhys Chatham rehearsal, below...

Continue reading "200 guitars and no rain this weekend?"

Akron/Family @ All Points West Sunday (more by Chris La Putt)
Akron Family

"We like fun," Akron/Family's Miles Seaton yelled. "Do you like fun?" Well either the crowd truly felt ambivalent about fun or they didn't think the question worth answering. Met with stony silence, Seaton tried again. And again. His one-man chant never inspired the crowd, perhaps because only the most stoned found anything resembling fun in the band's directionless drum circles. [Spin]
Akron/Family was one of the bands that got to play their set, though it was slightly abridged (opposed to others forced to cancel) at All Points West on Sunday after the fest's opening was delayed. A video from that is below.

The band has more August and September shows scheduled around North America. Before those kick off, the group will be in town for two NYC events. First, band guitarist Seth Olinsky will be conducting a section of Rhys Chatham's Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars on August 8th at Damrosch Park, as part of the Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival. The next day (8/9), Akron/Family will appear at Other Music (15 E 4th St) for a 7pm in-store performance ("Free Admission / Limited Capacity").

On select upcoming dates, the band will be traveling with Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard and Slaraffenland (who will join A/K on stage to form the "Akron/Family big band"). They'll also be at ATP NY. All tour dates and more, with a look at the sheet music for Crimson Grail and APW videos, below...

Continue reading "Akron/Family played APW (video), playing Other Music, conducting 200 guitars & other 2009 tour dates "


"Those interested in being considered for one of the guitar slots for A Crimson Grail should go to Lincoln Center's website to complete an application form: www.lincolncenter.org/wordlessmusic. Returning musicians from 2008 who complete the application process will be guaranteed participation-they will be able to indicate that they participated last summer on the form. The deadline for 2009 applications is June 15; all guitarists will be notified by July 1."

Lincoln Center Damrosch Park bandshell - August 2008 (miro.m)
Damrosch Bandshell

This year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors (LCOOD), three weeks of FREE music and dance on the plazas of Lincoln Center, will run from August 5 through August 23. The 39th annual edition of the festival will present a wide range of music and dance events by dozens of international, U.S. and local artists, highlighted by New York, U.S. and world premieres and debuts and special commissions. Out of Doors opens Wednesday, August 5 with the worldwide debut of the Asphalt Orchestra, a new marching band developed by Bang on a Can, premiering works commissioned for Lincoln Center's 50th Anniversary from Goran Bregovic, Tyondai Braxton (of Battles), and Stew and Heidi Rodewald. The band will also perform original arrangements of iconoclastic rock, jazz, and classical material--all to movement created by MacArthur Fellowship winning choreographer Susan Marshall. Asphalt Orchestra will kick-off the first five consecutive nights of Out of Doors at 7 p.m., performing in different locations across Lincoln Center's campus, with a varying playlist each night. The opening night concert at the Damrosch Park Bandshell at 7:30 is a double-bill with Out of Doors alum The Dave Brubeck Quartet (marking the 50th Anniversary of the landmark album Time Out) with guest soloist, oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen, and Iraqi-American jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar leading the New York debut of his Two Rivers Large Ensemble.]
The Asphalt Ochestra shows also include "world-premiere arrangements of works by: Björk, Meshuggah, Charles Mingus, Colon Nancarrow, Frank Zappa."

And Lincoln Center and Wordless Music are again planning a performance of Rhys Chatham's Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars. It'll be happening Saturday, August 8th at Damrosch Park. Let's hope they've secured a rain location, or this could be an annual thing. Section leaders include David Daniell, John King, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family) and Ned Sublette. The fest is taking applications to volunteer as a guitarist or bassist for the event. Also on the bill for that is "seminal funk-punk band Liquid Liquid."

Other highlights on the schedule are "a pairing of Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré with Raul Midón", The Derek Trucks Band, and Slavic Soul Party.

Closing out the festival will be the 26th Annual Roots of American Music Festival at the Damrosch Park Bandshell, an event that'll touch on the blues (Four Women: A Tribute to Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Eartha Kitt), Creole music (The Louisiana Renegades), country (Texas Tornados: Tribute to Doug Sahm), and "Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos: The Lost World of Latin-Jewish Sound" with Afro-Jazz bandleader Arturo O'Farrill.

Full schedule below...

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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...

Continue reading "Rhys Chatham will perform 'Guitar Trio' at the Met"

photos by Jason Bergman

zero guitars

"Alright I'm going to be the first to chime in here - how about telling us it was cancelled before sitting through an hour of gottsching. I respect him, don't get me wrong, but I did not go to sit through an hour of dance music surrounded by people thinking they were at bonnaroo. They should have done it unplugged, even with electric guitars, it would have sounded better than nothing." [Anonymous 1]

"i'm so effing pissed off that they made me sit through an hour of monotonous as hell gottsching. it was torture and then only to be told that the guitar performance was NOT going to happen, when the VERY well could have told us that it was cancelled before making us sit through that misery." [Anonymous 2]

Rhys Chatham announcing the cancellation
zero guitars

"There were contingency plans to play the whole thing in the church with a smaller audience but they kept it outside hope against hope (hi Robert Poss). Weather forecasts are more accurate now than Woodstock and I was pretty surprised at the decision." [Hugh]

"sh!t, i was one of the 200 guitarists that was supposed to play in this, and *i'm* pissed about sitting through that show. we gave up 3 nights for rehearsals, were there for soundcheck at 1pm on friday, and then stood in the rain for 4 hours...and then through that endless E2-E4 b.s. show...

there was a contingency in place (the show would have happened at st. paul) but they had to make the decision about the choice of venue at noon due to all the equipment & people involved. i still can't believe, however, that they didn't have a way of dealing with the weather. i'm no electrician, but..." [Anonymous 3]

the crowd
zero guitars

More pictures from last night's short 'Lincoln Center Out of Doors' show @ Damrosch Park below....

Continue reading "Gottsching, Rhys Chatham & zero guitars @ Damrosch - pics"

photos by Jason Bergman

Rhys Chatham @ 60th & Columbus

Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail (2008) for 200 Electric Guitars (Outdoor Version) (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Next, composer Rhys Chatham and section leaders John King, Ned Sublette, David Daniell, and Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family) lead an oversized orchestra of 200 volunteer guitarists and electric bassists in the world premiere of A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars (Outdoor Version) performed not on the Bandshell stage but along the sides of the audience at Damrosch Park, to heighten the work's polyphonic effect. The work, originally composed for Paris' famed Sacré-Coeur, has been extensively revised to suit the dynamics of the Park's outdoor acoustic.

That description describes 1/3 of tonight's free show called "Wordless Music: 800 Years of Minimalism - The Spiritual Transcendent" at Damrosch Park (August 15) (part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors series). Last night there was a rehearsal at the St. Paul of the Apostle church at 60th and Columbus. Jason stopped by and took a few pictures...

Continue reading "Rhys Chatham & 200 guitars is tonight ++ pics from rehearsal"

Applications for the 200 Guitarist thing are due by June 15th.

Rhys Chatham

They needed 100 guitarists total for the performance in PA. They need 200 for the one coming up in NYC....

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