Uncle Glenn wants YOU

Posted August 9th, 2007 by Logan Young · 1 Comment

Pushing 60, one-time Theoretical Girl Glenn Branca is getting ever more diplomatic in his twilight years – either that or Wharton Tiers and Page Hamilton just aren’t returning his calls. The perpetual bane of Rhys Chatham’s existence, Branca has extended an international call-to-axes for the 100 guitarists needed to execute his Symphony No. 13: Hallucination City at London’s Frieze Art Fair Friday, October 12, 2007. If you have a small, 15-or-so watt amp and can read basic staff notation – sorry Guitar World goons, no tab – then you can contact Branca himself at glenn@glennbranca.com and plead your case. Just remember to mark LONDON in the subject line…and that the guitar sounds an octave lower than written.

Although Chatham hit the century mark first back in ’89 with his seminal mass guitar piece An Angel Moves Too Fast to See, the single movement, 62-minute Symphony No. 13 was the first to do so here in the States. (Moreover, it was the first and only time I’ve ever heard of a conductor lighting up a fag during his own piece.) And yet, it was Chatham indeed who had the last en masse laugh. In 2005, his adopted city of Paris commissioned the aptly titled A Crimson Grail: For 400 Electric Guitars. A slightly edited version of the premiere performance is out now on Table of the Elements. Check out www.tableoftheelements.com to pick up a copy.

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  • 1 eric // Aug 9, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    I went to the Tula Arts festival in Atlanta in 1995 (which was unfortunately the same weekend as Freaknic). It was comprised of mostly Table of the Elements artists (Gate, Tony Conrad). During Faust’s set, the lead singer stripped naked and painted a brick wall the band had built in front of itself while playing. He sang, “Rodney, your tea is ready” with every stroke of the brush. It was truly one of the most insane shows I’d ever witnessed.