KINGS and WXDU Present:
An evening celebrating and expanding the guitar
With the help of local musicians, Rhys Chatham performs G3, his monumental work for rock ensemble.
Accompanying Rhys will be:
Paul Siler — g
Cheetie Kumar — g
Shane Parish — g
Tim Matthews — g
Kevin Sweeney- g
Kelcy Dial — g
Frank Meadows — b
Avery Sullivan — d
Shane Parish will open with his critically acclaimed re-interpretations of Appalachian folk melodies for solo guitar
Rhys Chatham is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Manhattan, currently living in Paris, who fused avant-garde minimalism with the electric crunch of punk rock. Chatham's instrumentation ranges from the seminal composition Guitar Trio, composed in 1977 for 3 electric guitars, electric bass and drums, to the epoch evening-length work for 100 electric guitars, An Angel Moves Too Fast to See, composed in 1989… all the way to Chatham's recent composition for 200 electric guitars, A Crimson Grail, last performed in New York at the Lincoln Center Outdoor Summer Festival in 2009. Chatham spent most of the 90s working with trumpet, releasing works on labels as diverse as Ninja Tune, The Wire Editions and Virgin Records and later with Northern-Spy Records. Adding flute and electric guitar to the mix, Chatham is currently touring as a solo performer, playing versions of his recently released LP, A Pythagorean Dream, from Foom Records
A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, Shane Parish is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. Here he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old timey folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, at times boiling them down to their very essence. A spiritual project that will keep you riveted from first note to last.