Welcome to AMN Celebrates Braxton 75, a multipart series focused on the work of American composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. Braxton, who in 2020 will be celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday, is one of the most important and influential creative minds of the past fifty years. Each week this series will feature three to four links of live performances, interviews, and articles found on the web that should be of interest to both the curious and the longtime explorers of Braxton’s music.
In 1973 Bill Smith interviewed Anthony Braxton for Coda Magazine. Smith removed the questions from the interview so that it reads like an essay. The interview offers some insight into Braxton’s development as a musician and his determination to be true to himself and his vision, despite the potential consequences. “Anthony Braxton Interview 1973” by Bill Smith.
This is a very good recording of the first set at The Kitchen in 1977 of three of the AACM’s titans – Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, and Joseph Jarman. There is no video but the performance is astounding! The second set is also floating around and worth checking out.
The Instant Composers Pool (ICP) is an independent Dutch jazz and improvised music label and orchestra founded in 1967. In this short excerpt of a 2005 performance at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, they are joined by Anthony Braxton.
Join us again next week for another post as AMN Celebrates Braxton 75
Chris De Chiara