BBC Radio 3 Hosts an Entire Performance from Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Music


Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Jazz on 3:

Prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton performs with his Falling River Music quartet, at a 400-year-old former pig barn in Austria! Braxton – a pioneer of avant-garde and improvised music – is well known for challenging traditional compositional methods with approaches such as graphic scores and instructions left open to the performers’ interpretation. Falling River Music is the composer’s latest system, and Braxton – performing on alto and soprano saxophones – is joined by three stars from the younger generation of New York’s experimental scene: cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Jazz on 3 trekked all the way to the tiny Austrian town of Ulrichsberg to record a stunning gig, in addition to which Braxton and his group explain the visual references and directions they use to create the music.

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