Works & Projects

Charlemagne Palestine - Rhys Chatham - Photos: Udo Siegfriedt.

Charlemagne Palestine- Rhys Chatham Duo

Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham have been touring as a duo in Europe since 2012.  In November 2014, a 3-CD set has been released on Sub Rosa records of this duo.  Charlemagne is on Bösendorfer piano, electric organ and synthesizers, voice and cognac snifters; Rhys plays trumpet, electric guitar and bass, alto and C flutes through digital delays.  
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An excerpt from the Sub Rosa recordings can be heard here:
CP-RC Sub Rosa excerpt


Rhys Chatham, GH Hovagimyan, Raphaele Shirley


An interactive bio-digital‚ “son et lumiè€re” collaborative event by Rhys Chatham, GH Hovagimyan and Raphaele Shirley

Rhys Chatham solo

Rhys Chatham Solo Program

Rhys Chatham plays a solo set on trumpet, electric guitar and bass, alto and C flutes and voice, going through his setup of multiple digital delays.  Rhys' influences of early minimalism figure strongly in this set, as well as the influences of his No Wave days at CBGBs, Max's Kansas City and the Mudd Club in New York during the 70s and 80s.
A recording of the set can be heard here:
Rhys Chatham solo set 2014-15 season 
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Guitar Trio

Written in 1977, Guitar Trio is Rhys Chatham's signature composition, and with good reason. With a single, repeated chord, Chatham permanently altered the DNA of rock by splicing the gritty, overtone-drenched minimalism of John Cale and Tony Conrad with the elemental fury of the Ramones.

A Crimson Grail at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors

A Crimson Grail

An antiphonal work for 200 electric guitars, 16 electric basses and percussion. Originally performed in 2005 at the Basilique of Sacré Coeur in Paris, a completely revised version was presented at the Lincoln Center Summer Outdoor Festival in 2009.

A Secret Rose

A Secret Rose, for 100 electric guitars, electric bass and drums, requires only three rehearsals, with culmination in a performance.

Rhys Chatham trumpet project

Brass projects

Chatham spent most of the 90s working with trumpet, releasing works on labels as diverse as Ninja Tune, The Wire Editions and Virgin Records. After taking a nearly 10-year trumpet hiatus, Chatham has been developing a completely new approach to his brass work with collaborations, improvised and compositional pieces. 


Die Donnergotter in Hamburg

Die Donnergotter

Rhys Chatham conducts Die Donnergotter (The Thundergods) for 6 electric guitars, electric bass and drums, working with locally recruited musicians.  Chatham leads the local musicians in a series of rehearsals, culminating in a performance of Die Donnergotter and Guitar Trio.

Rhys Chatham: Lectures, talks.

Rhys Chatham speaks!

Rhys Chatham is available to give talks or a formal lecture on the downtown music scene in the seventies and eighties. 
Talking from a personal perspective as founder in 1971 of the music program at the Kitchen Center in New York, where he produced hundreds of concerts at the Kitchen throughout the seventies, Rhys traces the roots of the NY downtown music scene roots from the Italian futurists to the Fluxus movement, to John Cage and the minimalists, all the way up to the No Wave period in New York's East Village,