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The Sun Too Close to the Earth

Rhys Chatham

Co-presented with ISSUE Project Room

MUSIC

World Premiere
Fri, Oct 4 at 8pm
Sat, Oct 5 at 8pm

ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

On sale 7/23

“A prodigal son of New York Minimalism, an art-music composer who has had a tremendous, if underappreciated, impact in the world of rock.”
The New York Times

In this Crossing the Line commission, Rhys Chatham draws on 30 years of composing for electric guitar ensembles, recent experiences in playing wind instruments, as well as the minimalism and free jazz that grew out of NYC's downtown music scene.

Written for a nine-person ensemble with guitars, horns, keyboard, and percussion, The Sun Too Close to the Earth reflects the artist’s concern for the ravages of climate change and the senseless destruction of our planet.

Chatham will also perform the North American premiere of his 20-minute solo work Le Possédé for bass flute. Experimental musicians Zeena Parkins and Jonathan Kane will open with their 2019 duet On, Suzanne.

On, Suzanne
Harp: Zeena Parkins
Drums: Jonathan Kane

Le Possédé
Bass flute: Rhys Chatham

The Sun Too Close to the Earth
Electric guitars: Karen Haglof, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sarah Register
Electric bass: Ernie Brooks
Drums: Jonathan Kane
Electric keyboard: Anthony Coleman
Trumpet: Jaimie Branch
Trombones: Jen Baker, Reut Regev
Conductor: Rhys Chatham

90 min
Tickets start at $20

Photos (clockwise): © Roland Owsnitzk; © Cameron Kelly; © Cameron Kelly

Rhys Chatham

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 composed in 1977 entitled Guitar Trio 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. Chatham's composition for 200 electric guitars, A Crimson Grail, was last performed in the Town Hall in Birmingham, UK in 2014. A new piece for 100 electric guitars, A Secret Rose, premiered at the Sydney Festival in 2018. Chatham is currently touring as a solo performer, playing versions of his recently released LP, A Pythagorean Dream, from Foom Records.

The Sun Too Close to the Earth
Rhys Chatham
MUSIC
World Premiere
Fri, Oct 4 & Sat, Oct 5

ISSUE Project Room

Rhys Chatham

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 composed in 1977 entitled Guitar Trio 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. Chatham's composition for 200 electric guitars, A Crimson Grail, was last performed in the Town Hall in Birmingham, UK in 2014. A new piece for 100 electric guitars, A Secret Rose, premiered at the Sydney Festival in 2018. Chatham is currently touring as a solo performer, playing versions of his recently released LP, A Pythagorean Dream, from Foom Records.

The Sun Too Close to the Earth
Rhys Chatham
MUSIC
World Premiere
Fri, Oct 4 & Sat, Oct 5

ISSUE Project Room