Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” (200 Guitars) Set for Tonight in Damrosch Park

Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller) at After The Jump Fest 2008 (06/21/08)
Noveller

Last year’s performance of Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail” was rained out and had to be canceled for safety reasons. The show is back on for tonight (Aug 8) at 7:30 pm in Damrosch Park outside Lincoln Center and the weather looks good:

On Aug. 8, in another of the city’s remarkable season of free concerts, the plan is to try it all again. But this time there will be risers for the musicians, tenting and a different electrical plan. In addition to the opportunity to bask in a highly unusual concert, the United States premiere of “A Crimson Grail” will offer a chance to witness the homecoming of a prodigal son of New York Minimalism, an art-music composer who has had a tremendous, if underappreciated, impact in the world of rock. After last year’s washout, which received a lot of blog attention, word is getting out; if the weather is good, Lincoln Center is expecting a crowd of more than 10,000.

New York musicians will be well represented. Sarah Lipstate, 25, a guitarist formerly with the rock group Parts & Labor who now performs under the name Noveller, will be coming in from Bushwick, Brooklyn, again, along with many friends. Emilie Friedlander, 24, a violinist and music critic from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will be returning too “” even though by her own admission she has “virtually no background as a guitarist at all, other than knowing how to hold down a bar chord and sustain a running tremolo for several minutes at a time.” (On the plus side she cites her experience with orchestral performances.) The section leaders, each commanding a platoon of 50 guitarists, include Seth Olinsky, of the experimental Brooklyn-based band Akron/Family, and the veteran composer, bandleader and author Ned Sublette. [NYTimes.com]

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