Oct 4, 2019 - Oct 5, 20198pm | $20–25 | WORLD PREMIERE
Rhys Chatham: The Sun Too Close to the Earth / Jonathan Kane & Zeena Parkins: On, Suzanne
Composer Rhys Chatham performs The Sun Too Close to the Earth, written for a nine-person ensemble with guitars, horns, keyboard, and percussion and the U.S. premiere of his 20-minute solo work Le Possédé for bass flute. Experimental musicians Zeena Parkins and Jonathan Kane will open with their 2019 duet On, Suzanne. This event is part of FIAF's Crossing the Line Festival.
Rhys Chatham is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Manhattan, currently living in Paris, who fused avant-garde minimalism with the electric crunch of punk rock. Chatham’s instrumentation ranges from the seminal composition composed in 1977 entitled Guitar Trio for 3 electric guitars, electric bass, and drums, to the epoch evening-length work for 100 electric guitars, An Angel Moves Too Fast to See, composed in 1989. Chatham’s composition for 200 electric guitars, A Crimson Grail, was last performed in the Town Hall in Birmingham, UK in 2014. A new piece for 100 electric guitars, A Secret Rose, premiered at the Sydney Festival in 2018. Chatham is currently touring as a solo performer, playing versions of his recently released LP, A Pythagorean Dream, from Foom Records.
ISSUE Project Room / Crossing the Line Festival
ISSUE plays a vital role in NYC’s cultural ecology, facilitating the commission and premiere of new works and presenting a diverse array of artists working across the disciplines of sound, dance, film, performance and literature. Programming places an emphasis on bringing recognition to creative practitioners whose important contributions to the artistic field are underrepresented, often as a result of the artists’ gender, sexuality, or geographic location. Through the cultivation of innovative new work, ISSUE performs an essential research and development function that fosters a dynamic influx of ideas into the local, national, and international creative landscape.
Crossing the Line Festival
FIAF supports national and international cultural practices by welcoming and nurturing new ideas and influential perspectives from around the world. FIAF critically maintains that practice through the Crossing the Line Festival by collaborating with leading cultural institutions in New York to present trailblazing local and international artists. Since its inauguration in 2007, Crossing the Line has cultivated an increasingly large and diverse following, and received numerous accolades in the press including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Artforum, and Frieze. Festival performances have earned Obie and Bessie awards.