Reviews that mention Rhys Chatham

August 1, 2015

Charlemagne Palestine/Rhys Chatham

Youuu + Mee = Weee
Sub Rosa SRV367-3xCD

One of the hallowed shibboleths of advertising – and sometimes legitimate discourse – has been “accept no substitute”. The expression is particularly germane when it comes to discussing electro-acoustic drone sounds. Although the concept of creating extended sound meditations with limited chordal evolution has been used with varying degrees of acumen by sophisticated improvises at its zenith and plodding electronic popsters at its nadir, the scope of the idiom is best expressed by its originators. MORE

March 6, 2012

Rhys Chatham

Outdoor Spell
Northern Spy NSCD 004

By Ken Waxman

Categorically consecrated to using electronics and extended techniques to process ritualistic and meditative textures from the trumpet, Outdoor Spell is both a departure and continuation for Rhys Chatham. (In) famous for his hundred-strong guitar orchestra compositions whose crushing drones shatter the boundaries between no-wave noise and post-minimalism, the New Yorker turned Parisian is in a more contemplative mood here, playing solo trumpet on two tracks and partnered on two others. It’s a confirmation of his trumpet prowess following a few years of neglecting the instrument for the guitar. MORE