AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part XV

Headshot Anthony Braxton courtesy of the artistWelcome 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.

This week begins with teenage students in New York from the Face The Music program at the Kaufman Music Center performing Composition no. 69b + 108b by Anthony Braxton. They do a great job!

This Anthony Braxton interview is from 2004 by Taran Singh for his Taran’s Free Jazz Hour. Braxton discusses the complexities and challenges of creativity in the current time period.  He also discusses politics, the AACM, world music, his work, “Lucy” and much more. Taran confesses that on his very first listen to a Braxton recording, that he didn’t like it and while Braxton has discussed his initial negative reactions to music he now loves, he takes the opportunity to discuss what he believes is a “normal reaction” making this a great listen.

We close this week’s post with the official trailer for Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium J.

Join us again next week for another post as AMN Celebrates Braxton 75

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