A Crimson Grail


Paris-based musician and composer Rhys Chatham once played a central role in the development of New York’s downtown music scene with a series of works for LOUD electric guitar.  Now he‘s best-known most recently for high profile productions of his rugged noise symphonies written for hundreds of softly played electric guitars (and basses.)

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to the recording (due out Sept. 14 on Nonesuch) of  Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” featuring 200 guitarists, 16 bassists, five conductors, and one percussionist—performed live for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in 2009.  The piece was written in 2005 as a commission for the city of Paris, and premiered at the basilica of Sacré-Coeur.

PROGRAM #        3111, Static Music    (First aired on 9/3/2010)                                                 





Rhys Chatham

A Crimson Grail

A Crimson Grail (edit) [32:00]

Nonesuch 524138

Alva Noto

Xerrox, vol. 2

Monophaser No. 1 [8:05]

Raster-Noton 103

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Marty Ehrlich, clarinet
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,
Members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Paul Herbert, conductor

The Passing Measures

David Lang: The Passing Measures, excerpt [10:00]

Cantaloupe 21003