Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.
2020 was supposed to be the highlight year of Braxton75 performances. Instead, we faced a series of postponements, cancellations and a precipitous drop in funding. We don’t know when this will change. Yet, as the year approaches its close, we look back and are tremendously grateful that, against all odds, not only did we survive but were able to keep producing. A massive thank you to all our supporters, without whom we could not have come this far.
When performances dried up, it was the Tri-Centric Archive, led by Carl Testa, which became the driving force behind the entire organization. The Archive contains 33,000 pages of paper in the form of over 400 scores and ephemera, which Carl and archival assistant Zach Rowden catalogues, digitizes, preserves and disseminates. It is monumental work.
The Archive allowed Tri-Centric to continue supporting many artists and ensembles around the world during the pandemic. The Archive not only prepares scores, but also offers consultations and workshops. In the past six months, we worked with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Belgian guitarist Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Fonema Consort, University of Michigan and more. We saw wonderful online events and album releases.
Coming up, on December 12th and 13th are two live streaming events featuring works by Anthony Braxton. On the 12th, it’s the UW Percussion Ensemble with CalArts Percussion which will be streamed on Youtube. On the 13th, the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts presents “Gradient Logics: Free Improvisation and Music of Anthony Braxton” performed by the CalArts Percussion Ensemble, University of Washington Percussion Ensemble, and CalArts Improvisation Ensemble, directed by Tim Feeney and Bonnie Whiting, which will also be streamed on YouTube.