Rhys Chatham (b. New York City) is an American avant-garde composer, guitarist, and trumpet player. He currently lives in France.
In the early 1970s Chatham was the first music director of The Kitchen in New York. His early compositions owed a significant debt to La Monte Young and other minimalists.
His concert productions included experimenters Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, and early alternative-rockers such as Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Fred Frith.
By 1977, Chatham's music was heavily influenced by punk rock (having seen an early Ramones concert), particularly what would come to be named No Wave (influenced in the minimalist leanings of Tony Conrad, who he played with in an early group). That year, he began performing Guitar Trio around downtown Manhattan with an...