Rhys Chatham Will Produce the Sound of 200 Guitars Wailing

Cover of "A Crimson Grail"
Cover of A Crimson Grail

From NYTimes.com:

THE scene at Damrosch Park last August promised something spectacular: amplifier setups for 200 guitarists and 16 bassists, configured in a horseshoe that stretched along the south end of Lincoln Center, across the front of the park’s band shell, and curved up alongside the Metropolitan Opera House. The rehearsals for “A Crimson Grail,” an epic-scale work by the experimental composer Rhys Chatham, had gone exceedingly well — first at the nearby Church of St. Paul the Apostle, then, at 1 p.m. on the day of the event, in the park.

On Aug. 8, in another of the city’s remarkable season of free concerts, the plan is to try it all again. But this time there will be risers for the musicians, tenting and a different electrical plan. In addition to the opportunity to bask in a highly unusual concert, the United States premiere of “A Crimson Grail” will offer a chance to witness the homecoming of a prodigal son of New York Minimalism, an art-music composer who has had a tremendous, if underappreciated, impact in the world of rock. After last year’s washout, which received a lot of blog attention, word is getting out; if the weather is good, Lincoln Center is expecting a crowd of more than 10,000.

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This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

06/16 @ 8pm – Climax Golden Twins with Sublime Frequencies Film Screening
MY FRIEND RAIN Sublime Frequencies, 2007. (36 minutes) Filmed on various trips through Southeast Asia by Robert Millis and Alan Bishop from 2002 to 2007, My Friend Rain is an impressionistic collage of musical segments and tropical ambiance. Decay and rebirth through the endless Asian monsoon cycle. Locations include: Myanmar (Burma), Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and […]

06/17 @ 8pm – Artist In Residence: Ha-Yang Kim
Cellist, composer and improviser Ha-Yang Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. Ha-Yang made her professional solo debut at age 16 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Hailed as “phenomenal” and playing with “brilliant technique full of energy, concentration, musicality and expression” (Mainpost, Germany), she performs new music as a soloist and with ensembles and artists in […]

06/18 @ 8pm – TILT Brass presents New York Noise
TILT plays music by four legendary Downtown composers Nick Didkovsky – Stink Up! (2003) [World Premiere] full ensemble Lois V. Vierk – Jagged Mesa (1990) 2 trp, 2 tnr trb, 2 bs trb Rhys Chatham – Waterloo No.2 (1986) 3 trp, 2 trb, solo perc Elliot Sharp – Coriolis Effect (1998/2003) full ensemble PERSONNEL Trumpet – Shane Endsley, Russ Johnson Josh Frank French Horn – Mike Atkinson, Ann […]

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Interview with David Rosenbloom

From the Roulette:

David Rosenbloom has been active as a musician, composer, and painter in New York since the late 70’s no wave period. His projects have included the Electric Chorus & Orchestra, Chinese Puzzle, The Experimental Chorus, and the Outlanders; he performed, toured and recorded with Glenn Branca, and was a member of Rhys Chatham’s early band Meltdown. His work tends to focus on sonic and structural experimentation with an emphasis on dense, melodic textures. He has worked with bassist David Hofstra for over two decades, and has in recent years worked with Stephen Moses in multiple scenarios.

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Guitar Genius Straddles Art and Rock

Rhys Chatham @ ZXZW 23/09/2007
Image by Erik Luyten Photography via Flickr

Rhys Chatham is interviewed in anticipation of what I believe is a show in Russia.

Rhys Chatham, the New York-born, Paris-based avant-garde composer, guitarist and trumpet player, will OPEN this year’s Aposition festival of innovative and experimental music on Thursday by leading a for-the-occasion band of local rock musicians through his work, “Guitar Trio G3 .”

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