Anthony Braxton in Stockholm Reviewed (Again)

Source: Downbeat.

The centerpiece for the fourth iteration of Stockholm’s Edition Festival were two performances devoted to the music of Anthony Braxton at Eric Ericsonhallen, a gorgeous octahedral structure that was a former church built between 1823-1849. Those sounds sat comfortably amid an unapologetically experimental program that spanned microscopic and microtonal music. The current work of Braxton, the polymath reedist, composer and educator who turns 75 next year, might have sounded jarringly far from Frenchmen Kassel Jaeger’s meditative electronic music or the seamless mesh of field recordings and minimalist percussion in the work of composer Annea Lockwood—who turns 80 this year—but it shared both improvisational rigor and a broad-minded voracity.