soundBarn and Albany Sonic Arts Collective (ASAC) are proud to present the full length version of Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio.
Written in 1977, Guitar Trio is Rhys Chatham's signature composition. With a single, repeated chord, Guitar Trio (or G3 as it was later renamed to accommodate increased instrumentation of six to ten electric guitars) embodies an amalgamation of the textural intricacies of the avant-garde collided with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock. Chatham’s “Guitar Trio” created a new type of urban music. Raucous and ecstatic, the sound energized the downtown New York scene throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, prefigured the No Wave movement and cast a huge influence over the subsequent work of Chatham’s many protégés, including Glenn Branca and future members of Sonic Youth.
Accompanying the performance of G3 is the original visual projection Pictures for Music, created for the piece in 1977 by internationally known visual artist Robert Longo.
soundBarn and Albany Sonic Arts Collective will also perform Swallowtail for three or more electric guitars with electric bass and drums by Holland Hopson. Composed in 2010, Swallowtail is inspired by Guitar Trio and was written as a companion piece to Chatham's work to be performed by the ensemble on the same program.
The G3 ensemble includes: Thomas Lail, Tara Fracalossi, Patrick Weklar, Matt Ernst, Holland Hopson, Ray Hare, guitars; Eric Hardiman, bass; Matt Weston, drums
Albany Sonic Arts Collective is a grassroots organization located in and around Albany, NY dedicated to building a thriving community of listeners and performers of music that exists outside of traditional boundaries with a special emphasis on forms that stress freedom and exploration of new ideas.
soundBarn is the experimental music duet of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar. The soundBarn is a project of artist/musician Thomas Lail and artist/gallerist Tara Fracalossi and is located on what was once Heald Orchards in Valatie, New York.
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