Calling local crazy guitarists: be in a Branca performance

Via Mike Watt on Myspace:


Here’s the info for the upcoming performance of: “Symphony No.13 (Hallucination City)” for 80 guitars, 20 basses and drums. The original version premiered at the former WTC on June 13, 2001. The revised version, in four movements, premiered at the Kasser Theater at Montclair St. University, NJ. on Feb. 4, 2006.

The venue will be Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, LA. The show is part of Minimalist Jukebox, aseries being programed by John Adams and sponsored by the LA Philharmonic. For more info go to:

The dates are March 27th and 28th, with the performance on the 29th. The rehearsals will be the 27th and 28th, 11am to 9pm on both days. They are tentatively scheduled at Center Staging in Burbank, 3407 Winona Avenue. Musicians will be reimbursed for parking. On the day of the concert at Disney Hall the rehearsal/sound check will be 3-6:30pm with the performance at 8pm. Food and drink will be provided on all days. Each musician will need to know his/her part (but you don’t need to memorize it).

You’ll need to bring a guitar and amp (a medium sized amp would be best). It will also be necessary to restring your guitar for the tuning. Basses will not need to be restrung OR retuned. And I will have a serious quantity of replacement strings on hand.

The parts are in staff notation and the ability to follow a part measure by measure is essential. The playing technique includes plenty of double-strumming and downstroke chording. Complete detailed instructions will come with the parts which will be sent before the end of Feb. I will answer any questions you have about the parts when you get them. The show will be conducted by John Myers.

If you want to do the gig you must e-mail your postal mailing address and telephone number (please note whether you play BASS or GUITAR).

If you played in the Montclair performance you will still need to confirm and get some new parts. In the 1st movement there will be minor changes in the bass parts only. The 2nd movement will have a number of changes for all. The 3rd will have no changes and the 4th will be extended at the end but otherwise no changes. You will still play in the same section with the same tuning.

It is not possible to pay this number of people. So you’ll have to do the gig for free.

Also, if you know anyone else who you think might want to do the gig I still need some more players.
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Thank You,
Glenn Branca

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