Source: Kyoko Kitamura.
Currently, I am in the middle of mixing the next release by the Geometry Quartet (collaborative quartet with Joe Morris, Tomeka Reid, Taylor Ho Bynum and myself) which has been a revelation in terms of how much the quartet has morphed from our debut album Geometry of Caves. The music is astounding and probably one of my best works to date. Please stay tuned for release information.
Next month, I start working with the Visionary Youth Orchestra (VYO), coaching them through Anthony Braxton compositions for a performance at the Vision Festival in June. A few days prior to that, I will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge with another superb youth orchestra, Face the Music conducted by Aakash Mittal.
Last month, I was in Tokyo, formed an ad hoc sextet with fantastic Japanese musicians, and gave three workshops on the music of Anthony Braxton. All the musicians were remarkable and I’d like to highlight two exceptional artists: Manami Kakudo and Nonoko Yoshida. Manami is a composer, multi-instrumentalist (piano, marimba, percussion, guitar among others) and an ethereal vocalist. Her first album is available on Bandcamp and her second is on Spotify. She can also be heard as a sideperson on recent works by drummer/composer Shun Ishiwaka.
Saxophonist Nonoko Yoshida is well-known as the leader of her group Cubic Zero as well as for her intrepid solo explorations using loopers.
Before Tokyo, I was at Stockholm’s Edition Festival, performing and conducting Braxton works with other Tri-Centric community folks. The Swedish musicians were amazing, including pianist Lisa Ullén who gave a phenomenal solo during the piece I was conducting, sculpting the air with her touch. Her recent solo recording is on Spotify and it is breathtaking. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with such amazing international artists.
The 12-disc set documenting Anthony Braxton’s complete Syntactical Ghost Trance Music, GTM (Syntax) 2017, which I co-produced, has now sold out on New Braxton House’s Bandcamp page. Downloads will always be available. Select retailers may still have hardcopies. Enough cannot be said of the amazing work by the vocalists of the Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble: Roland Burks, Tomas Cruz, Lucy Dhegrae, Chris DiMeglio, Kristin Fung, Nick Hallett, the late Michael Douglas Jones, Adam Matlock, Anne Rhodes, Kamala Sankaram, Elizabeth Saunders and me.