Henry Threadgill Interview

Source: WBGO.

Henry Threadgill, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, bandleader, saxophonist and flutist, has not exactly settled into the calm of late-career eminence. At 74, he’s nearly as productive as he has ever been — and every ounce the visionary, judging by two albums out today on Pi Recordings.

Threadgill recently joined Simon Rentner for a frank and scintillating conversation on The Checkout, addressing some of this music as well as a few broader topics of conversation — like the “enfolding and outfolding” strategies of the classical composer Edgard Varèse, which he took as a springboard, and the importance of flow in any musical invention, no matter how spiky or abstruse.

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