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Rhys Chatham

Rhys Chatham is a composer, guitarist and trumpet player from Manhattan, currently living in Paris, who altered the DNA of rock and created a new type of urban music by fusing the overtone-drenched minimalism of the early 60s with the relentless, elemental fury of the Ramones — the textural intricacies of the avant-garde colliding with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock. Starting with Guitar Trio in the 1970s and culminating with A Crimson Grail for 200 electric guitars in 2009, Chatham has been working for over 30 years to make use of armies of electric guitars in special tunings to merge the extended-time music of the sixties and seventies with serious hard rock. Parallel with his rock-influenced pieces, Chatham has been working with various brass configurations since 1982, and recently has developed a completely new approach to collaborations, improvised and compositional pieces involving trumpet through performances and recordings that started in 2009


StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The music of Rhys Chatham

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The music of Rhys Chatham

Today, let's look at some videos featuring the music of Rhys Chatham, who's coming to St. Louis to perform a solo show on Sunday, May 22 at The Luminary. Chatham, who's 63 years old, is a composer, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist who's been a notable figure in American avant-garde and minimalist music for nearly five decades. Living ...


Live Guitars From Birmingham: Rhys Chatham, David Grubbs & Pierre Bensusan

Read "Live Guitars From Birmingham: Rhys Chatham, David Grubbs & Pierre Bensusan" reviewed by Martin Longley

Rhys Chatham Birmingham Town Hall June 7, 2014 When the guitarist/composer Rhys Chatham performs with his small combo, he's usually clad casually, but in his role as conductor for this large-scale performance, he was suitably be-suited. There's an immediate dichotomy here, when this New Yorker's epic 2006 piece, “A ...

Outdoor Spell

Released: 2011
Track listing: 01. Outdoor Spell - 7:41; 02. Crossing the Sword Bridge of the Abyss - 18:01; 03. Corn Maiden's Rite - 6:31; 04. The Magician - 12:19.


Rhys Chatham: Outdoor Spell

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Musica post minimalista recita il retro di copertina dell'ultimo lavoro di Chrys Chatham, Outdoor Speel. Per chi scrive questo disco ricorda piuttosto un mantra modulato in quattro parti, una quasi opera, a carattere intimista e autobiografico, in cui si riflettono pensieri e meditazioni in circolo da tanti anni, che ora trovano fiato e forma. Sensazione confermata ...


Intervista a Rhys Chatham

Read "Intervista a Rhys Chatham" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Rhys Chatham è un personaggio. Peculiare. Complesso. In perenne ricerca. Dunque eclettico. Dispersivo e concentrato, a seconda. È una figura chiave per capire un pezzo, e che grande!, della musica d'avanguardia contemporanea, in particolare newyorchese. Un mix, come potete leggere, che in una sola voce (che sia tromba o chitarra poco importa) fa confluire pezzi diversi ...


Interview | Rhys Chatham

Interview | Rhys Chatham

Rhys Chatham has played trumpet since the early-1980s but it’s still appropriate to recognize his new Brass Trio as a significant sea change. Known for organizing terrifyingly large ensembles with up to 400 guitarists, the pioneering composer who has found a common thread running through punk fury, minimalism, and avant-garde jazz displayed the strongest trumpet work ...

Die Donnergötter / An Angel Moves Too Fast to See

Released: 2006
Track listing: CD 1 01. Die Donnergötter (1985/86) - 21:48; 02. Waterloo, No. 2 (1986) - 7:57; 03. Drastic Classicism (1982) - 7:49; 04. Guitar Trio (1977) - 8:11; 05. Massacre on MacDougal Street (1982) - 18:42 CD 2 01. - 05. An Angel Moves Too Fast to See - 42:45


Rhys Chatham: Die Donnergötter / An Angel Moves Too Fast to See

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Non sono passati molti anni dall'uscita del box An Angel Moves Too Fast to See: Selected Works 1971-1989 [andato presto esaurito], ma la Table of the Elements fa atto meritorio nel ripresentare singolarmente i volumi [qui il due e il tre] del cofanetto, vera e propria summa della produzione di Rhys Chatham tra gli anni Settanta ...


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