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Venue:
International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 8:00pm

Rhys Chatham Brass Trio

Rhys Chatham, trumpet + electronics
David Daniell, guitar
Ryan Sawyer, drums

“While my roots as a trumpet player are coming out of jazz and big band music, my roots as a composer are coming out of post-minimalist and contemporary music and many of these influences find their way into my trumpet playing making it very hard to pin down what style I am playing in.” –Rhys Chatham

Ars Nova Workshop presents the Philadelphia debut of innovative American avant-garde composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham’s new trumpet trio featuring drummer Ryan Sawyer and guitarist David Daniell.  This is one of only four U.S. dates! Philadelphia-based guitarist and Peeesseye co-founder Chris Forsyth, who is celebrating his birthday tonight, provides an opening set.

Avant-garde composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham has reached legendary status in experimental music circles.  The Paris-based, New York-born composer began as a classically-trained prodigy, but by 1975, Chatham was fusing the overtone-drenched minimalism of John Cale and Tony Conrad with the relentless, elemental intensity of the Ramones.  He is perhaps best known most recently for high-profile productions of his resplendent symphonies for hundreds of electric guitars, works which certify Chatham's position on the front lines of post-minimalist and contemporary music. For this concert, Chatham takes up the trumpet and joins forces with guitarist David Daniell and drummer Ryan Sawyer, who have worked with musicians such as Thurston Moore, Fennesz, Tony Malaby, Jandek, Trevor Dunn and Tony Buck.  Chatham deploys extended playing techniques inherited from bastions of free jazz - Don Cherry, Bill Dixon - as well as leaders of the minimalist movement - Tony Conrad, Jon Hassell, La Monte Young.  Live processing of the instrument through a host of electronic devices gives rise to an ebullient cascade of sound and a truly unique and personal voice, carrying forward Chatham's life-long pursuit of fusing the textural intricacies of the avant-garde with the visceral punch of punk rock.

Chris Forsyth
Chris Forsyth, guitar
Don Bruno, organ

"It's enough to signal Forsyth's arrival as an erudite and farsighted guitar stylist, mapping a path that's hip and scholarly in equal measure." - Wire

Chris Forsyth is known for hypnotic compositions and solo performances on 6- and 12-string guitars that assimilate minimalism and psychedelia with art rock, folk, and blues influences.  He has performed all over Europe and the US, having toured with such like-minded artists as Träd Gräs och Stenar, Steve Gunn, Tetuzi Akiyama, Ignatz, and Es. He is a founding member (with Jaime Fennelly and Fritz Welch) of gothic junk folk expressionists Peeesseye, and a member of the elusive experimental group Phantom Limb & Bison.  Other notable collaborators include Koen Holtkamp, Meg Baird, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin.  Paranoid Cat, Forsyth's next solo LP, features contributions from members of Peeesseye, Mountains, D. Charles Speer, and others, and will be released in March 2011 on Family Vineyard. Forsyth is the caretaker of Evolving Ear and lives in Philadelphia. Tonight he plays in duo with organist Don Bruno.