March 2019 Rhys Chatham Music update:

Here is a quick update for what is going on in March in terms of music:

On March 16 and 17 I will be in Toulon teaching master classes at the Conservatoire Toulon Provence Méditerranée.  It the largest music conservatory in France.  I am composer-in-residence there this year.

Rhys at Toulon Opera

Toulon is a lovely city in the south of France just by the sea.  I forgot how beautiful it is, the last time I spent any time there was when I first came to France with Karole Armitage, it must have been back in the late seventies.  We did some performances in Châteauvallon, where there was a big dance festival every year, and the hotel was in Toulon. I had very fond memories of that time and, as it turns out, the mayor of Toulon has recently spruced the city up, even the seedier parts, and now its filled with little cafés restaurants and craft shops of all kinds.  I could really get into this!

Anyway, at the conservatory I’ll be giving a brass masterclass on the 16th, and the 17th will be devoted to electric guitar.

The following week, I’ll give another guitar master class  for the conservatory students on the 27th, and then we’ll have some student performances of some of the pieces we have been working on.  The performances will be free to the public.

Inside the Toulon Opera. Talk about Baroque, wow!

Orchestres électriques – directed by Rhys Chatham

  • G3 for 10 electric guitars, electric bass and drums
  • Waterloo, No 2
  • The Out of Tune Guitar, No. 4

Here is a list of the performances:

Thursday 28 March at 8:30 pm

Auditorium du conservatoire
Rostropovitch Landowski


Friday 29 March at 7:30pm
Friche de la belle de mai

Le Module Marseille
With an opening act by
The Marseille Labo Band
directed by Jean-Marc Montera

Saturday 30 March at 8:00pm
Opéra Toulon
tickets free by reservation