Seminal minimalist composer and noise-guitar hero Glenn Branca is doing a rare live solo performance this Saturday, June 19, at NYC’s (Le) Poisson Rouge.
It’s been two years since his last solo appearance in NYC — a set with The Paranoid Critical Revolution at a more low-key venue, The Issue Project Room. Saturday’s show at LPR will also feature The Paranoid Critical Revolution, playing music from its new CD Euphobia.
Branca, who composes for orchestra as well as his own ensemble has been a big influence on a number of guitarists in the avant garde wing of rock music. Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Page Hamilton of Helmet are among Branca’s disciples and played in his ensemble.
The show also is the official release party for the DVD of Ericka Beckman‘s No Wave film 135 Grand St. 1979, which will be screened. It includes the only extant footage of two of Branca’s earlier ensembles, Theoretical Girls, The Static, along with shots of a number of other bands of the period.