Discography

Rhys Chatham

A Crimson Grail

Nonesuch Records 524138-2 CD, MP3

September 14, 2010

Nonesuch Records releases A Crimson Grail—Rhys Chatham’s work for large electric guitar orchestra—on September 14, 2010.

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Outdoor Spell

Northern Spy NS 004 CD, LP, MP3, FLAC

12 April 2011

Rhys Chatham has eschewed 100 guitars for trumpet and voice, both electrified and dry. It is an Earthquake Island for the 21st century, tugging at the corners of new ideas, taking in forms endemic to a shared imagination, and renewing the beauty there.

Rhys Chatham

Rêve Parisien

Primary Information Vinyl

September 2011

RÊVE PARISIEN features four new Rhys Chatham compositions that were performed live at Kassay's exhibition at Art: Concept in Paris in 2010, and loosely functions as an audio catalogue to the exhibition.

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Bern Project

Hinterzimmer Records CD HINT08

2010

An album of new Rhys Chatham tracks with band - something you haven't heard since the Die Donnergötter recordings of the 80s... Chatham on trumpet and electric guitar, three young swiss musicians on bass guitar, drums and trombone, plus a lot of studio trickery. More punk, noise and drones than you would expect from a new Rhys Chatham record.

Rhys Chatham & His Guitar Trio All-Stars

Guitar Trio Is My Life

Radium, Table of the Elements TOE-CD-815 3xCD

4 March 2008

Three CD collection of live recordings from Chatham's 2007 Guitar Trio tour. Featuring members of Sonic Youth, Swans, Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Moodern Lovers, Silver Mt. Zion, Town and Country, Die Kreutzen, 90-Day Men, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and many more.

Rhys Chatham

An Angel Moves Too Fast to See

Radium Records

An Angel Moves to Fast to See (1989) for 100 electric guitars, electric bass and drums.

Rhys Chatham

Die Donnergötter (The Thundergods)

Radium Records TOE 801CD CD, MP3

2006

Contains Die Donnergotter (1985/6) aka The Thundergods,  for 6 electric guitars, electric bass and drums. Waterloo, No.2 (1986) for brass and percussion, Drastic Classicism (1981) for four electric guitars, el. bass and drums, Guitar Trio (1977) the short version for three electric guitars, el. bass and drums, and Massacre on MacDougal Street aka For Brass, for brass octet and percussion.

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Two Gongs

The Table of the Elements/Radium Records TOE 073 CD, mp3

2006

Two Gongs (1971) for two large chineese gongs.  Performers: Rhys Chatham, Yoshimasa Wada.

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Outdoor Spell

Northern-Spy Records NS 004 CD, LP, Digital

12 April 2011

Rhys Chatham has trail-blazed a course through late 20th century music, equally aplomb in post-minimalist composition as he is in punk. Not since Roebling laid his span across the East River has there been an artist who builds bridges in both how we hear music and how we can appreciate art. His latest album, Outdoor Spell, is a further document in that direction. Here he has eschewed 100 guitars, or even himself playing a single guitar, for the trumpet and voice, both electrified and dry. It is an Earthquake Island for the 21st century, tugging at the corners of new ideas, taking in forms endemic to a shared imagination and renewing the beauty there.

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Harmonie du soir

Northern-Spy Records NS 048 CD, LP, MP3, FLAC

12 November 2013

Rhys Chatham’s Harmonie du soir presents three heavenly compositions. The title track is the first major piece written for the configuration of six electric guitars, electric bass and drums since Die Donnergötter (1986). The second is The Dream of Rhonabwy, a piece written for large brass ensemble and percussion, realized in 2012 by a 70-piece brass band called Harmonie de Pontarlier, lead by the French conductor Patrick Erard. The last track on the CD version and bonus download for the vinyl edition is a 2012 studio performance of Drastic Classicism Revisited featuring Rhys Chatham, David Daniell, and Ryan Sawyer. The whole package is presented lovingly, mastered beautifully by James Plotkin, with extensive notes by Mr. Chatham.