Be Here Now: soundbarn & ASAC Play Rhys Chatham’s “Guitar Trio” @ Saratoga Arts Center, 11/20/10
(January 27, 2007 performance of “Guitar Trio” as performed by Rhys Chatham, Thurston Moore, Lee Renaldo, David Daniell, Kim Gordon, Colin Langenus, Alan Licht, Robert Longo, Byron Westbrook, Adam Wills – electric guitars; Ernst Brooks III – electric bass; Jonathan Kane – drums)
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) is a collision of the textural intricacies of the avant-garde and the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock.
soundBarn (the experimental music duo of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar) teams up with members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective to perform the full-length version of “Guitar Trio” at the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday.
The ensemble includes: Thomas Lail, Tara Fracalossi, Patrick Weklar, Matt Ernst, Holland Hopson, Ray Hare, guitars; Eric Hardiman, bass; and Matt Weston, drums.
“Pictures for Music” – the original visual projection which was created for the piece in 1977 by acclaimed visual artist Robert Longo – will accompany the performance.
Also on the program for Saturday night is “Swallowtail,” a new composition by ASAC’s Holland Hopson which was inspired by “Guitar Trio.” Hopson’s piece was premiered last month at Flywheel in Easthampton in a performance by the same ensemble. Hopson describes the work: “I think the piece sounds like a huge train barreling straight at you in slow motion.”
soundBarn and the Albany Sonic Arts Collective perform Rhys Chatham’s “Guitar Trio” and Holland Hopson’s “Swallowtail” at the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday. Admission is $5.