Rather than ponder why it took this long for a musical figure as prominent as Krautrock legend Manuel Göttsching to make his U.S. debut, let’s celebrate that he’s doing so under such auspicious circumstances as this Wordless Music evening titled 800 Years of Minimalism—The Spiritual Transcendent. Following the 12th-century composer Pérotin’s “Beata Viscera” (a paean to the Virgin Mary’s womb and breasts) and Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars, Göttsching will perform his 1981 piece E2-E4. It’s been argued that Göttsching’s hour-long, chess-inspired work for slowly evolving beats and a playfully deployed electric guitar truly provide the template for the Detroit house sound, ambient chillaxation, and everything in between. Accompanied tonight by the latest iteration of the Fillmore East’s fabled Joshua Light Show, Göttsching’s masterpiece may actually reveal itself to be the missing link between acid rock and the neo-psychedelic sounds of the Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and their trance-rock ilk.
Fri., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 12, 2008