Anthony Braxton at the Kennedy Center Reviewed

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton (Photo credit: digital_freak)

One review from

Mr. Braxton divides his enormous musical activity into various families of compositions or ensemble strategies. Diamond Curtain Wall is an electro-acoustic, chamber-ish and drumless project of several sizes, always involving Mr. Braxton, the brass player Taylor Ho Bynum and a laptop computer. The computer delivered electronic sounds designed with Supercollider, the interactive programming language. (That is to say, Mr. Braxton designed its tones and timbres, but the program responds to improvisers in real time.) Saturday’s concert brought the Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet — Mr. Braxton, Mr. Bynum, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock — with Mr. Moran on piano as a fifth member.

And another from The Washington Post:

Braxton, of course, has been punching at the edges of new music since the late 1960s, and at age 67 he shows no sign of letting up. His music makes few concessions to comfort; neither jazz nor classical, it’s rooted in an almost impenetrable theoretical framework, and even the cryptic titles — such as “Composition #367F plus #241,” which made up Saturday’s entire 80-minute program — make the average ear curl up in alarm. But it’s also music of extraordinary vitality and a kind of seductive, cerebral beauty, marrying the anything-goes language of free jazz with the complex structures of the more — forgive the term — “serious” world of classical music.