Meet Rhys Chatham

Next month, a stellar collaboration comes to Library of Birmingham – Rhys Chatham & Charlemagne Palestine perform in collaboration, this performance will be a UK exclusive. Two giants in composition, this show will be unmissable. Selftitled Mag have published an interview with Rhys Chatham, touching on his part in the No Wave scene during the 1970s, his iconic mass guitar ensembles and his admiration for bands like OM and Sunn0))).

“When I was in the no-wave scene, that was a curse word—’composer’. People like Lydia Lunch and James Chance would beat me up after a concert, like, ‘Oh, you conservatory musicians, we don’t want to hear anything about you!’ So I had to prove myself.

I’m essentially

a minimalist composer though. I studied with La Monte [Young] and worked with people like Tony Conrad, so I’m definitely coming from that background, although now I just don’t care. I’m a composer/performer, you know? In the same tradition as Terry Riley, who was the model for us all.” Read the full article

Saturday 2nd November, 8pm.
Rhys Chatham & Charlemagne Palestine
Ex Easter Island Head Large Guitar Ensemble
Library of Birmingham
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