Interviews Performances

Braxton's Sonic Genome Previewed

From the Globe and Mail:

Don’t expect a standard concert experience from Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome Project.

For starters, the performance, taking place this Sunday as part of the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, will run eight hours without pause or intermission, a test of endurance that, as the composer puts it, “breaks down the linearity of a one- or two-hour sonic experience.” Then there’s the fact that the orchestra — 60 musicians in all — will function not as a single unit but as a congress of smaller, independent, interrelated ensembles. And finally, there’s the music itself, which is designed both to convey big ideas and upend listener expectations.

Another article previews the same show.

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