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