Tri-Centric Foundation / Anthony Braxton Update

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.

Braxton75 year is off to a spectacular start, with the Anthony Braxton Standard Quartet delighting sold-out crowds in UK and Europe. Pianist Alexander Hawkins speaks about the inner workings of the quartet in this insightful interview on NTS radio, now streaming. We have links to photos of the Standard Quartet on our Facebook and Twitter.

Stateside, Anthony Braxton has just been named a 2020 USA Fellow by United States Artists. And there are bountiful Braxton75 events coming up, starting with two performances on the West Coast.

On February 1, our own Chris Jonas (Tri-Centric board vice president and one of the conductors of the Berlin Sonic Genome) will be guest conducting the “The duo. B. Experimental Band plays Anthony Braxton” event at the Temescal Arts Center in Oakland. Chris will once again be performing Braxton works on February 16, this time at BAMPFA, leading the AB West 8+1 ensemble, with Del Sol String Quartet and Goggle Sax Quartet, through Composition No. 18 (for string quartet), Composition No. 37 (for saxophone quartet), Composition No. 265, and more.

In March, the Prague Improvisation Orchestra is scheduled to perform Braxton works, and Experiments In Opera will be presenting the very special Anthony Braxton Theater Improvisations. Anthony himself will be at the Big Ears Festival for a three-day performance: solo, Diamond Curtain Wall Music Trio and Thunder Music Ensemble world premiere. Tri-Centric executive director Kyoko Kitamura will once again be coaching youth orchestras through Braxton compositions for performances in May and June. For full schedule, please visit the Braxton75 page on our website.

One of the venues Anthony played with his quartet was Cafe OTO which has a music download shop. Currently offered is the spectacular Composition No. 247 from Leo Records performed by Anthony Braxton, James Fei and Matthew Welch. If you are not familiar with this work, do visit the page and listen to the 20- minute (!!) audio sample. Matt will be part of the Braxton75 events in May, and we hear that he may be pulling material from his amazing Anthony Braxton: 10 Solo Bagpipe Compositions 2000 album.

We are steadily moving forward with The Tri-Axium Writings and the next box set Duo (Improv) 2017 by Anthony Braxton with Eugene Chadbourne. We are very much committed to protecting, preserving and disseminating Anthony Braxton’s work, the effort spearheaded by Tri-Centric director of publishing Carl Testa. Once again, thank you so much for helping us continue our work. We will keep you posted every step of the way.

Steve Roach Interviewed and Profiled

Source: Echoes.

In the Echoes Podcast we take a deep dive into the world of Steve Roach. The prolific electronic artist has been part of Echoes for all of its 30 years and more. We’ve chronicled his electronic evolution more than just about anyone. Steve released several albums in 2019 including Bloom Ascension and Trance Archeology. After several years of modular synth strategies, Ambient-Tribal music returns. We talk about them and new directions with Steve Roach.

David Torn Interview

Source: The Jazz Session.

Tranceportation Vol. 1 (RareNoiseRecords, 2019) is the first of two new albums from guitarist David Torn and Swiss quartet Sonar. In this interview, Torn talks about how he went unexpectedly from producer to band member; his recording partnership with D. James Goodwin; the nature of playing with tritone tunings; and a lot more.

Kris Davis Interviewed

Source: CBC Radio.

In the early 2000s, jazz pianist Kris Davis moved from Calgary to New York to challenge herself musically and attempt to make it in a super competitive field. It was a huge risk, but the gamble seems to have paid off. Her latest album, Diatom Ribbons, made it to the top of the New York Times list of best jazz albums of the year, and NPR named it one of the best 25 albums of 2019 in any genre. She joined q’s Tom Power on the line from New York, fresh off a performance at the city’s Winter Jazz Fest, to talk about her music.

Andrew Cyrille Interviewed

Source: The Austin Chronicle.

The list of artists with whom he’s collaborated, onstage and in the studio, is truly mind-boggling: Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins, Kenny Clarke, Mary Lou Williams, Philly Joe Jones, Nellie Lutcher, Milford Graves, Kenny Dorham, Walter Dickerson, Freddie Hubbard, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Babatunde Olatunji, David Murray, Peter Brötzmann, Marc Ribot, Joe Lovano, Ben Monder, Wadada Leo Smith, Mal Waldron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, David S. Ware, Billy Bang, Dave Douglas, Sun Ra, and more.

That’s not to mention an 11-year association with free jazz piano giant Cecil Taylor, two decades’ membership in Trio 3 with Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman, and his work as a teacher at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Given his experience, it’s no surprise that the skinsman brings a world-class group of musicians with him for a rare Texas gig: bassist Ben Street, pianist David Virelles, and guitarist Bill Frisell, a variation on the band that recorded Cyrille’s 2016 ECM album The Declaration of Musical Independence.

AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part III

Braxton_anthony_moers_260507Welcome 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

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Pharoah Sanders Interviewed

Source: The New Yorker.

Few musicians have said more than the saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of a school-cafeteria cook and a city employee, Sanders moved to New York in 1962, at the height of jazz’s postwar avant-garde—also known as “free jazz” or “the new thing”—which was spawned by the late-fifties experiments of the saxophonist Ornette Coleman and the pianist Cecil Taylor. Sanders’s début album, recorded in 1964 for the ESP label, garnered little attention, but his playing caught the ear of John Coltrane. Coltrane invited Sanders to join his band in 1965. The following year, Impulse!, the label that had been exhaustively documenting Coltrane’s evolution, gave Sanders another chance to record as a leader. The result was the surging and expansive “Tauhid,” an album that positioned Sanders as both Coltrane’s foremost disciple and an artist with ideas of his own.