GFG Featured Artist: Rhys Chatham

Rhys Chatham is a minimalist guitarist and leader of the Chatham Guitar Trio.  Prior to his career as an evil guitar genius, he was a a piano tuner for minimalist composer La Monte Young, who would inevitably become a big influence on Chatham.

I got into Rhys Chatham fairly late in the game.  I was working at WLUW and one of his early 2000’s albums came in and I started spinning it heavily during my radio show.  That record, if I’m remembering correctly, was Echo Solo, which was a blurry collection of post-rock esque guitar compositions.  Going backwards, I eventually found my way to the Guitar Trio stuff, which is my favorite.  This track is a great example of being able to write an eight minute song, using one note and still have it be engaging and entertaining.  The bare bones of this is pretty awesome and what really makes the song is the alternating rhythms between the two guitars and the propulsion of the Neu-esque drumming.  No doubt this had an effect on me as a guitarist.

If you’re looking for a starting point, the Guitar Trio stuff is a great place to start.  You can also check out the album Die Donnergotter.


Author: gofreaksgo

Life long Chicagoan and Northwest side resident. Lover of music, off kilter outsiders and fuck ups. A List of My Ailments - - Chronic Goth Disorder - Early Onset Grumpiness - Bad Knees

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