Composer & Performer Anthony Braxton to Celebrate Birthday with Performances, Events & More
Esteemed American composer, musician, educator, recording artist and philosopher Anthony Braxton will celebrate his 69th birthday with a series of premieres, performances and events encompassing every facet of his decades-long career, from improvisational pieces with small ensembles to full-scale orchestral works and operatic compositions. Taking a cue from Braxton's "Tri-Axium" philosophical writings exploring the "partials" of his life's work-music (sound logic) systems, thought (philosophical) systems, and ritual and ceremonial (belief) systems-the decision to celebrate his 69th birthday publicly (a number divisible by three) is a natural one. The season will pair rare performances of past compositions with premieres and recordings of new work by the prolific MacArthur Fellow, Doris Duke Performing Artist and recently-named NEA Jazz Master, simultaneously paying tribute to Braxton's career so far and looking forward to what's to come.
The celebration begins with the Tri-Centric Music Festival in NYC (April 10-19), which spans two full weekends of performances at Roulette in Brooklyn and includes an ongoing performance installation at Eyebeam in Manhattan. Weekend One is set to feature Braxton's Composition No. 46 (for chamber ensemble), Composition No. 146 (for 12 flutes, 2 tubas and percussion), and his Diamond Curtain Wall Nonet, presented alongside new projects by James Fei, Nate Wooley, Fay Victor and Andre Vida. Crucial to Tri-Centric's mission to cultivate a vibrant community of creative musicians, these collaborations also speak to Braxton's decades-long history of mentorship and support for younger artists.
Weekend Two consists of the semi-staged, multimedia concert premiere of Braxton's latest four-act opera, Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), featuring a cast of 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists and a 36-piece orchestra led by a team including Braxton (composer, librettist, conductor), Acushla Bastible (director), Louisa Proske (associate director), Chris Jonas (lead video artist), Dylan McLaughlin (associate video artist), Rachel Bernsen (choreographer), and Taylor Ho Bynum (producer). Audiences-or "friendly-experiencers," as Braxton likes to refer to his listeners-will have the option of experiencing two acts at a time on two separate evenings or attending a full day with the first two acts presented as a matinee and the second two acts presented that same evening. Following the premiere the project will move into the studio to be recorded and released as a CD/DVD box set the following spring. The set will incorporate both live video and animation in order to fully document this massive work.