Source: KQED Arts.
A series of upcoming concerts marking Braxton’s 75th birthday offers an opportunity to engage with the living legend’s ever-evolving musical universe, and to gauge his potent and enduring influence on the Bay Area scene. The celebration kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Temescal Arts Center in Oakland with a radically expanded version of drummer Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa’s duo B. Experimental Band. Featuring more than two dozen Bay Area musicians under the guest direction of Santa Fe saxophonist Chris Jonas, the sprawling ensemble explores Braxton’s unrecorded Ghost Trance Music No. 246, a series of marches from the No. 40 collection, and well-documented pieces from Braxton’s quartet recordings, including compositions 6F, 69q and 23c.