Rhys Chatham, known since the late 1970s for his experimental works orchestrating large ensembles of electric guitars, is coming to St. Louis to perform at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at The Luminary. The Vernacular String Trio will open the show.
Chatham (pictured), who was the very first music director of the famed NYC performance space The Kitchen, has lived in France since 1987. His influence can be heard in several subsequent generations of musicians in a variety of genres, including adventurous rock acts such as Sonic Youth, Tortoise, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
The 63-year-old has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years, touring in the US and Europe, writing new commissioned works for large ensembles, and making several new recordings on both guitar and trumpet, which he began playing in 1983. His most recent album Harmonie Du Soir came out in 2013 on the Northern Spy label.
Tickets for Rhys Chatham at The Luminary are $15 in advance, $17 day of show, and are on sale now.