Rhys Chatham
American composer
Rhys Chatham
Rhys Chatham is an American composer, guitarist, and trumpet player, primarily active in avant-garde and minimalist music. He is best known for his "guitar orchestra" compositions. He has lived in France since 1987.
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Bushwick’s Oneida keeps avant-rocking on
The Brooklyn Paper - about 3 years
See this story at BrooklynPaper.com. By Robert Ham for The Brooklyn Paper The members of Oneida are not fans of downtime. The Bushwick-based avant-rock quintet has been a constant flurry of activity since forming in 1997. Since that time, the stalwart borough band has kept up an exhaustive pace of recording, rehearsals, and live performances, leaving a lengthy discography and even lengthier concerts in its wake. Many musicians would be well and truly burned-out after 17 years at such a prolific pace, but Oneida’s members take a rather matter-of-fact approach to their work. They cite artists like Krautrock pioneers Can and space jazz icon Sun Ra as inspiration for their own operating methods. “Not to put us in the same place as those big, incredible pillars of creative music,” said Oneida’s drummer John Colpitts (or Kid Millions, as he prefers to be known), “but we try to use bands like that, who performed a lot and created a lot of material, as guides.” One by-produc ...
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Stalled in the Mirror Stage: Why the Jack Goldstein and Gretchen Bender Shows Leave Us Seeing Largely the Retro In Their Retrospectives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jack Goldstein × 10,000, the first American retrospective of Pictures artist Jack Goldstein (1945 - 2003) was held this summer at The Jewish Museum in New York, from May 10 - September 29, 2013. See more at The Jewish Museum website. Gretchen Bender: Tracking the Thrill, presented key multichannel video installations and single-channel video screenings by Gretchen Bender (1951-2004) from August 27 - October 5, 2013. See more at The Kitchen website. The confluence in New York this summer of two exhibitions by Pictures Artists, Jack Goldstein at The Jewish Museum and Gretchen Bender at The Kitchen, supplied the more theoretically-minded art cognoscenti an art historical quandary to ponder. Does the neglect of Goldstein and Bender as artists over the last two-to-three decades tell us something more comprehensive about the Pictures Generation as whole? Did the Pictures Artists, perhaps, by virtue of serving as a reflexive bridge between the art world and the media mainstream, only se ...
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A Letter From... Liverpool #6
Clash - over 4 years
Greetings comrades! The late summer sun pours forth its resplendent glory, reflecting off the computer screen and making it irritatingly difficult to see what we’ve just typed, but minor quibbles aside, you find Clash in a good mood. Remember all that glum talk of venue closures a few months back? Yeh, that sucked, so we’re suitably psyched to report that there’s a brand new space opening from the end of August: Sound Food & Drink, situated in the former Hemingway’s Café on Duke Street, looks likely to fill the void left gaping by the loss of the once-mighty Korova. There’s a two-week launch program from August 24th, including an opening night with live performances from Silent Sleep, Ivy And The Chance, The Hey Pedros and the ever-charming Loose Moose String Band. From September 10th, a weekly club night schedule will involve classic grooves from Hail Hail Rock’n’Roll (Mondays), the Gold Soundz team spinning your favourite alt rock classics (Thursdays), and a chance ...
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Arthur Russell: from avant-classical minimalism to disco
Boing Boing - almost 5 years
Musician Arthur Russell was a mainstay of the New York City downtown avant-garde who in the 1970s and 1980s experimented with underground disco, post-punk pop, no-wave, folk, minimalist classical and almost every genre that flowed through that hugely influential scene. A collaborator with the likes of Philip Glass and David Byrne who also released numerous singles and solo albums, Russell has only in recent years gained recognition for his incredible talent and commitment to trans-genre experimentation. Yesterday, to mark the 20th anniversary of Russell death, Niall O'Conghaile at Dangerous Minds posted a concise survey of Russell's work. That post spurred my pal Pat Kelly to seek out "First Thought Best Thought," a collection of Russell's earliest instrumental compositions dating back to 1972. This is stunning music and I'm thrilled that Audika Records is making it available, some of it for the very first time. From the album description of "Instrumentals," excerpted above: ...
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Music Review: Ecstatic Music Festival: Rhys Chatham and Oneida
NYTimes - almost 5 years
When <a class="fplink fp-230517" href="/Rhys+Chatham+1">Rhys Chatham</a> shared the stage with Oneida, the Brooklyn rock quintet, the warnings about excessive volume were valid.
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The Listings
NYTimes - over 5 years
Pop Prices may not reflect ticketing service charges. Full reviews of recent concerts: nytimes.com/music. Marc Anthony (Friday) American tabloids unfailingly relegate the musical accomplishments of Mr. Anthony, the best-selling salsa artist of all time, as a footnote to his relationship with, and divorce from, the pop star Jennifer Lopez. At any
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Neon Marshmallow fest coming to Brooklyn (3 days @ Public Assembly w/ Tim ... - Brooklyn Vegan (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
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
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The Kitchen celebrating 40 w/ 'Pioneers of the Downtown Sound', hosting annual ... - Brooklyn Vegan (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
On the occasion of The Kitchen&#39;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
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Joakim Live aus dem Planetarium - De:Bug
Google News - over 5 years
Das DJ Set kommt mit Tracks von Eliane Radigue, Phil Niblock, Biosphere, Rhys Chatham, JD Emmanuel, John Fahey, Terry Riley, Luc Ferrari usw. und die Wissenschaftler im Planetarium durften wohl mitspielen. Eigentümliche oldschoolige Minimalvisionen
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"El futuro será perfecto" - El País.com (España)
Google News - over 5 years
Es en este periodo cuando su formación rock se ve asaltada por las nociones vanguardistas de Glenn Branca y Rhys Chatham. Las primeras y fructíferas grabaciones de Sonic Youth llegarían pronto. Recuerdo acompañarle a CBGB, en 1992, a una celebración
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Collège des Bernardins saison 2011-2012 - Qobuz.com
Google News - over 5 years
Dans le cadre du cycle Alterminimalismes conçu comme un vagabondage stylistique et musical autour des possibles avatars contemporains du minimalisme, le Collège des Bernardins recevra le 1er octobre le furieux Rhys Chatham et Joseph Ghosn pour un DJ
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Singing a Song for All - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
He likened the busk in spirit to the 2009 event that saw 216 electric guitarists fill the campus to play a symphony by composer Rhys Chatham, or the dancers who fill the campus for various Midsummer Night Swing concerts. In England, the Big Busk has
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Grouper Confirms For TUSK Festival - This Is Fake DIY
Google News - over 5 years
Other acts confirmed to play in clued Hype Williams, Alvarius B, Bill Orcutt, Pigeons, Natural Slow Builders and Rhys Chatham. There&#39; still a &quot;whole list of surprises&quot; to come, with more announcements due over the next few months
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DANCE REVIEW; High Kicks, Mugging And Poses In the Park
NYTimes - over 5 years
Oh, SummerStage. You mean so well. You invite us out to sit under the stars. You offer a variety of refreshments and seating options and let us come and go as we please, asking only unobtrusively for a small donation. This is appreciated, really it is. But, SummerStage, we need to talk. About your dance offerings and, specifically, about the first
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High Kicks, Mugging and Poses in the Park - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
She was referring specifically to Karole Armitage&#39;s “Quantum,” an excerpt from “Three Theories” (2010), with a fabulously relentless score by Rhys Chatham that was, hands down, the best part of the evening. The response of Ms. Armitage to the music,
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El “volcán creativo” de New York cumple 40 - Los Andes (Argentina)
Google News - over 5 years
La música rápidamente se sumó con la llegada del estadounidense Rhys Chatham, que actualmente vive en Francia y conocido por sus composiciones de orquesta para guitarra eléctrica. Los talentos que pasaron por sus salas son muchos: en música el abanico
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Lantern, “Spitfire” - A.V. Club DC
Google News - over 5 years
Alongside Sarah Lipstate (Noveller) and Philly&#39;s Chris Forsyth (Peeesseye), he played as part of minimalist composer Rhys Chatham&#39;s 200-member guitar army, and the recorded performance was released as A Crimson Grail on the venerable Nonesuch Records
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Summerstage Dance Presents ARMITAGE GONE!, 7/15-16 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... group dynamics as befitting a world of cultural change with a murky future. The program will include Armitage Gone! Dance performing &quot;Quantum&quot; from its acclaimed ballet, &quot;Three Theories&quot; to a score by Rhys Chatham for 100 electric guitars and drums
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US GIRLS | NOVELLER | HUCKLEBERRY FRIENDS | DJ SLIM TWIG - blogTO (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
She has performed in Rhys Chatham&#39;s Guitar Army, and as a member of Glenn Branca&#39;s 100 guitar ensemble. Noveller has toured the US and internationally, at times supporting acts such as Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, Man Forever, and Emeralds
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rhys Chatham
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 57
    Examples of this style can be heard on Chatham's releases, The Bern Project, released by Hinterzimmer Records in January 2010, and Outdoor Spell, released in March 2011 by Northern Spy Records.
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  • 2008
    Age 55
    Rhys Chatham made his first American presentation of a composition for a one-hundred guitar orchestra in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on May 23, 2008, with an orchestra composed of local students and teachers, as well as many professional guitarists.
    More Details Hide Details This performance was the premiere of a new composition entitled Les 100 Guitares: G100. The American premiere of A Crimson Grail was on August 8, 2009. Two-hundred electric guitarists performed the piece at the Damrosch Park Bandshell in New York City. The performance was part of a free concert series, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, that was being commissioned by the Lincoln Center. Originally, the piece was supposed to be performed for 2008's Lincoln Center Out of Doors, but rain canceled the concert for safety reasons. For the 2009 premiere, precautions were taken so that the concert could go on even if it rained. Concurrent with his work for guitar orchestras and smaller ensembles, Chatham's trumpet style has evolved from its characteristic distorted sound of the 90s to its present more dreamy and laid back approach to playing the instrument, influenced by players such as Don Cherry and Jon Hassell.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    Chatham has continued to tour the original version of Guitar Trio in Europe throughout 2007 and 2008, including performances at:
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    In February 2007 he completed a twelve-city tour called the Guitar Trio (G3) Is My Life North America Tour, which was accompanied by the original film by Robert Longo that was projected behind the performance, entitled Pictures for Music (1979).
    More Details Hide Details The sets consisted of local musicians from each city of the performances, including members of Sonic Youth, Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hüsker Dü, Brokeback, 90 Day Men, Town & Country, Die Kreuzen, Bird Show and others. A three-CD box set of these performances was released by Table of the Elements in March 2008.
  • 2005
    Age 52
    In 2005, he was commissioned by the city of Paris, in his adopted homeland, to write a composition for 400 electric guitars entitled A Crimson Grail, as part of the Nuit Blanche Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Approximately 10,000 people were present at the performance, and 100,000 more watched it on live television. A CD of excerpts from this concert was released in January 2007 by Table Of The Elements. Rhys Chatham is currently touring the original 30 minute version of Guitar Trio in the USA and Europe, renamed G3 because the instrumentation has been increased to between six and ten electric guitars, electric bass and drums.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002, he enjoyed a resurgence following the release of a limited-edition 3 CD retrospective box set on the record label Table of the Elements, An Angel Moves Too Fast To See: Selected Works 1971-1989, complete with 130-page booklet.
    More Details Hide Details The An Angel Moves Too Fast To See part of the title comes from Chatham's 1989 composition for 100 guitars. He has been since touring with his 100-guitar orchestra in Europe.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 38
    Members of the New York City noise rock band Band of Susans began their careers in Chatham's ensembles; they later performed a cover of Chatham's "Guitar Trio" on their 1991 album, The Word And The Flesh. (This parallels the way that members of fellow NYC noise rockers Sonic Youth began their careers in Branca's ensembles; Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth did play with Chatham as well.)
    More Details Hide Details Chatham began playing trumpet in 1983, studying under Carmine Curuso and Andrew Crocker, and his more recent works explore an early minimalist vocabulary employing loop/delay trumpet techniques; these are performed by Chatham himself. Examples of this work can be heard on the album Outdoor Spell, released by Northern Spy Records (NS 004) in 2011, and a recent duo album with Charlemagne Palestine, entitled Youuu + Mee = Weee, released on the Belgium SubRosa Label (SR637) in 2014.
  • 1987
    Age 34
    It was also included on the 1987 album that also included his 1982 composition Die Donnergötter (German for "The Thundergods").
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 25
    He was particularly intrigued by and influential upon the group of artists music critics would label No Wave in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he began performing Guitar Trio around downtown Manhattan with an ensemble that included Glenn Branca, as well as Nina Canal of Ut. During this period, he wrote several works for large guitar ensembles, including Drastic Classicism, a collaboration with dancer Karole Armitage. Drastic Classicism was first released in 1982 on the compilation New Music from Antarctica, put together by Kit Fitzgerald, John Sanborn and Peter Laurence Gordon.
  • 1977
    Age 24
    By 1977, Chatham's music was heavily influenced by punk rock, having seen an early Ramones concert.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 18
    In 1971, while still in his teens, Chatham became the first music director at the experimental art space The Kitchen in lower Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details His early works, such as Two Gongs (1971) owed a significant debt to Young and other minimalists. His concert productions included experimenters Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, and early alternative rockers such as Fred Frith, Robert Fripp, Arto Lindsay, and John Lurie. He has worked closely with visual artist/musician Robert Longo, particularly in the 1980s, and on an experimental opera called XS: The Opera Opus (1984-6) with the visual artist Joseph Nechvatal.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1952.
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