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In Search Of Tomorrow
Tomorrow Together

RHYS CHATHAM & DAVID FENECH Tomorrowstartstonight

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The first duet album by Rhys Chatham and David Fenech, two well-known musicians of the experimental scene. It is a long piece of music in a minimalist spirit, where the two guitarists meet and merge with Rhys’ trumpets, flutes and vocals and David’s small percussion.This record has an organic feel and natural development that makes it unique. Tomorrow starts tonight ! Rhys Chatham is best known for his compositions for electric guitar orchestra… he began his musical career as a harpsichord tuner, studied flute with Sue Ann Kahn, studied shortly thereafter with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and later with La Monte Young (also as a member of his famous “Theatre of Eternal Music” ensemble). He also played with Tony Conrad in an early version of his band The Dream Syndicate. In 1971, while still a teenager, Chatham became the first musical director of the famous venue The Kitchen in New York. He has played and recorded with musicians as varied as Charlemagne Palestine, Sonic Youth, Arthur Russell, Jonathan Kane (Swans), George Lewis, Band of Susans, David Toop, and in his large guitar ensembles with members of Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hüsker Dü… David Fenech is a French musician living in Paris, guitarist, singer, improviser. He plays a wide variety of instruments and is an accomplished guitarist with his own technique… but his main instrument may well be the microphone, his music being composed of whatever he records with it. His distinctive, slightly baroque style, on the bangs of rock, jazz and improvised music, has often been described as “a kind of musique concrète punk”. He has performed and recorded with musicians as diverse as Felix Kubin, Tom Cora, Pierre Bastien, Jac Berrocal, Ghédalia Tazartès, Nurse With Wound… The music on this CD was recorded live at two concerts, one in Paris and one in Vienna. It was mastered by James Plotkin. Full tracklist: 1. In Search Of Tomorrow 2. Tomorrow Together 3. Tomorrow Starts Tonight. Price: € 19,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

You may conclude that if two guitarists make a record, it probably sounds like a guitar record. I can imagine this to be the case, but whatever Chatham and Fenech do on this record hardly sounds like a guitar record. There are three pieces, each around seventeen minutes, and they use a broad palette of sounds. Percussive sounds, for instance, in Tomorrow Together, along with sampled animal sounds, hiss-like drones and whatever else they sampled.
(Vital Weekly, July 2023)

Auf Tomorrowstartstonight hört man, wie Rhys Chatham & David Fe­nech in Paris und in Wien mit Gitarren, Trompete, Flöte, Vocals den Einklang suchen und in dröhnenden, erhabenen Fluktuationen finden.
(Bad Alchemy, August 2023)

Three long tracks of about seventeen minutes each happening without a break. In Search of Tomorrow comforts mon a priori, but Tomorrow Together invites us to a kind of morning ritual that awakens the guests of the forest. David Fenech is another guitar wizard, a man of sound, a placid musician who meticulously knows how to go his distances. The electric strings overlays Chathams trumpet and flute, Fenechs percussion, and a rooster, the rooster... As time goes by the listener becomes absorbed in a spiral that takes him far from where he thought he was.
(JJ Birge, September 2023)

C est un disque apaisant. Un disque apaisé. Pas new-age non plus, faut pas charrier. Mais un beau disque étiré, éthéré, qui permet de respirer. Trois pièces entre ambient et drone, mais pas une musique décorum, papier peint et transparente. C est une musique douce, où batifolent faune et flore de concert. Trois pièces chaudes, où quelques notes de guitare sont égrenées, quelques flûtes loopées, quelques animaux interrogés.
(Revue & Corrigée, December 2024)