Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation Fundraiser

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.

On October 19, 2019, the Tri-Centric Foundation launched the Braxton75 Living Archive Campaign to protect the massive and growing archive of Anthony Braxton, one of the most important American composers today. The archive currently contains 10,000 to 20,000 pieces of print material in the form of over 400 scores and parts, various writings, cassettes, videos, and ephemera. The funds collected in this campaign will be be used in part to publish, in 2020, the revised edition of The Tri-Axium Writings, Braxton’s three-volume treatise on music and creativity. The writings will be released in two formats, print and digital, with the digital download version offered as pay-what-you-want.

Tri-Centric, a not-for-profit organization which supports the work and legacy of composer Anthony Braxton, has been known for producing large-scale performances such as Braxton’s Trillium operas, managing the record label New Braxton House, and providing scores and performance practice guidance to musicians, ensembles and educators around the world.

Less visible but equally important has been Tri-Centric’s role as the keeper of Anthony Braxton’s archive. In recognition of its efforts, Tri-Centric received the support of the GRAMMY Museum® Grant Program in 2018 and CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant this year to digitize the audiovisual component of the archive. The digitized audio will be donated to Yale University’s Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, a portion of which will be made discoverable and accessible via Archives at Yale in 2020 with the remainder becoming completely available in 2021.

Tri-Centric will continue to raise funds and work towards making as much as of the archive accessible to the public in the coming years.