Rhys Chatham Returns to New York's The Kitchen to Perform Multimedia Piece "Time Out" Picks As Top Live Show
Rhys Chatham, whose Lincoln Center Out of Doors performance of A Crimson Grail was released last month on Nonesuch Records, returns to New York and to the venue he helped establish as a cutting-edge cultural space in the early 1970s: The Kitchen. Chatham was the first music curator of the venue (which will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary) and will perform two sets there this weekend, Friday and Saturday, with artist Angie Eng.
On the program is Echodes, a multimedia mix with Chatham, on trumpet, and his fellow musicians—drummer Kevin Shea and electric bassist David Sims—accompanying Eng's real-time generated projected imagery of hand-manipulated objects and video footage. Eng's images will depict abstracted spiritual symbols and cultural rituals that recreate what Chatham describes as an "enigmatic cinema of flickers, jump cuts, and flying objects all too human too ignore."
For information and tickets, visit thekitchen.org.
Time Out New York, in recommending The Kitchen performances as a Top Live Show, calls A Crimson Grail "gorgeous." Time Out's Jordan N. Mamone goes on to describes its sonic landscape this way: "A flutter of pastoral sound rises slowly, then ping-pongs around the room to the ticking of a lonely hi-hat cymbal. Now and again, dramatic swells mimic jet-propelled hummingbirds, but subdued reverence usually eclipses swarming ecstasy."
Mamone concludes that the version of the piece captured on the new Nonesuch album "handily bests" an earlier rendition.
Read more at timeout.com.
You can hear selections from the Nonesuch recording of A Crimson Grail in a new short film, shot on rolls of expired unexposed Kodachrome Super 8mm, adding in some new cartridges of Color & B&W Ektachrome. Watch it at nonesuch.com/media and on YouTube.
To pick up a copy of A Crimson Grail with high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.