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Triangle Rhysing: Music for Massed Guitars

When: Thu., June 2, 8:30 p.m. 2011

When Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca or any other composer gathers several guitarists—from three to 1,000—in one space, the generally accepted term is "massed guitar symphony." But that phrase puts the guitarists in an unnecessary and incorrect box of polity and high society; indeed, though Chatham and Branca make precisely composed and arranged music, the same impulse that drives a teenager to buy a cheap six-string and plug into a cheap Peavey amplifier isn't so far removed from the impulse behind letting dozens of guitarists do the same. It's catharsis by volume, victory by overtone, glory by sound. To wit, the idea first occurred to Chatham after he saw The Ramones play in New York in the late '70s. Triangle Rhysing explores this idea with nearly two dozen local guitarists, including Birds of Avalon's Cheetie Kumar, In the Year of the Pig's Aaron Smithers and Curtains of Night's Nora Rogers. Organizers describe the event as a night of "shimmering ambient music for multiple amplified guitar mobs, cello, percussion and chance." Get ready to feel the sound. Les Rhinocéros opens. —Grayson Currin

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