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St John Sessions: Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham at William Basinski’s Arcadia

On Thursday 20th March Art Assembly and IA partner St John Sessions present the second part of William Basinski Arcadia curated series at St John’s Church in Hackney. The first part with Micahel Gira takes place on the 12th March.

In 1989 William Basinski founded Arcadia, a studio and performance space that defined Williamsburg as an arts community and became the seat of the cultural avant-garde in the 90’s. From 1989-97 Basinski wrote and produced his own and others work, as well as hosting underground music, cabaret and poetry performances by artists including Antony and Diamanda Galas. It was a place of experimentation for established as well as emerging artists, a nurturing space where young artists were encouraged to flourish.

Charlemagne Palestine is a minimalist composer, performer and visual artist from New York. He performs epic, ritualistic and intense extended duration pieces for organ.

A native New Yorker now living in Paris, composer Rhys Chatham helped define New York’s downtown aesthetic in the ’70s. Palestine and Chatham first met in the late 60′s in New York. Ever respectful and admiring of each others work, this performance sees two giants in modern composition perform on stage together 30 years after their initial collaboration.

William Basinski will perform at this event.


Photo by Ben Millar Cole for Inverted Audio