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AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part VIII

1_braxton_0Welcome 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 1988, when Anthony Braxton was teaching at Mills College, he wrote his “Introduction to Catalog of Works “ so that musicians and musicologists could better understand how to approach the study and performance of his music. This is well worth the read because it explains what Braxton considers fundamentally important to his music and to his creative esthetic.

A wonderful excerpt of the Anthony Braxton Falling River Quartet Live at Marta in 2010. This quartet is one of many different ensemble formations that Braxton has assembled to perform the largely abstract and mostly graphic scores of the Falling River series.

Here is a photo of  a score from the Falling River series

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Anthony Braxton interviewed by his old friend and bandmate Gerry Hemingway in 2013.  The interview runs about an hour and was filmed just prior to their trio performance at the 2013 Willisau Festival with Taylor Ho Bynum. Braxton reflects on topics ranging from Cecil Taylor to education to opera to women in music and so much more.

An excerpt from the Wet Ink Ensemble Portrait Concert of Anthony Braxton in 2016.

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AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part VII

1_braxton_0Welcome 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.

The Anthony Braxton Quartet, Montreux 1975 performing  Composition 40M.  This quartet was Braxton – Reeds, Dave Holland – Bass, Barry Altschul – Drums and Kenny Wheeler – Trumpet and Flugelhorn.  This was a tremendous group I’m so glad that there is video of this group floating around for all us to enjoy.

This is a transcript of an interview with Anthony Braxton at WKCR FM by Ted Panken. In this interview from 1995 Braxton discusses the forming of the Tri-Centric Foundation, his friendship with Roscoe Mitchell and Muhal Richard Abrams, the early days of the AACM, among many other topics. Panken also gets Braxton to explain some of his terminology so it is a very interesting read.

This is a wonderful excerpt from a live concert Of the Dave Holland Quartet at the Festival de Jazz d’Antibes Juan-les-Pins, Pinède Gould, July 25, 1974.  The group was Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Barry Altschul and Anthony Braxton.

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AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part VI

1_braxton_0Welcome to AMN Celebrates Braxton 75, a multipart series focused on the work of American composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. Braxton, whom 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.

Despite the graphic for this video this is an audio only interview of Anthony Braxton in 1985. The interview runs about 30 minutes and covers topics ranging from Frankie Lymon to John Coltrane to Paul Desmond and so much more. An interesting listen.

This clip is from a series of clips featuring Walter Thompson and his orchestra with Anthony Braxton from 2009. Braxton participates as both a “sound painter” through his conduction of the ensemble and as an instrumentalist within the ensemble.

The final clip this week is a short excerpt from Braxton’s quintet in 1977 at the Moers Jazz Festival.  The group was Braxton with George Lewis – trombone, Muhal Richard Abrams – piano, Mark Helias – bass, and Charles “Bobo” Shaw on drums. They are on fire but unfortunately we only get to hear Braxton’s solo in this nine-minute excerpt.

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AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part V

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.

Anthony Braxton Unwaveringly Creative is a recent essay by Timo Hoyer for the 2019 Berlin Jazz Festival.  It provides very informative program notes for the performances of Braxton’s Sonic Genome and ZIM Music. Here are the entire five-plus hours of the Berlin performance of Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome.

This is an absolutely burning clip (audio only) of Braxton in a trio with Dave Holland – Bass and Phillip Wilson –  drums from Town Hall in NYC in 1972. It features the trio in a very unusual and original performance of the jazz standard “All The Things You Are”.

An hour of the Anthony Braxton Sextet performing Composition 348 in Spain, 2008.

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AMN Celebrates Braxton 75: Part IV

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.

The Sounds of Now, Part Three: Anthony Braxton and the Ethics of Improvisation by Chadwick Jenkins from 2007 is a very insightful essay that digs into Braxton’s musical philosophy. Jenkins very clearly explains his interpretation of some of the ideas found in Braxton’s Tri-Axium Writings. It is very well written and should be read carefully, and maybe more than once in order to digest Jenkin’s interpretation of Braxton’s writings.

This is a recent performance of Braxton’s Composition No. 1 (1968) for solo piano performed by Brett Carson.

A short interview from 2008 where Anthony Braxton discusses chess, math & music.

A set of the Anthony Braxton Quartet performing in East Berlin in 1985. The group for this concert is Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell – piano, Gerry Hemingway – drums and Jens Saleh – bass. You can hear the magic that Hemingway, Crispell, and Braxton have together.

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AMN Reviews: Douglas Boyce – Some Consequences of Four Incapacities [New Focus FCR205]

The music of composer Douglas Boyce reflects an eclectic set of influences and interests. He has turned pre-Baroque music for inspiration as well as raw material; at the same time, he is conversant with contemporary compositional language rooted in Modernism. On Some Consequences of Four Incapacities, Boyce presents recent work in a contemporary vein. The string trio 102nd and Amsterdam is a sonic portrait of an intersection in upper Manhattan: the energy of an urban crossroad translated into vertiginous glissandi, frantically pulsating rhythms and the often dissonant coincidence of independently moving voices. The rhythmic cohesion and propulsion of the string trio find a counterpart in Piano Quartet No. 1 for violin, viola, cello, and piano. The piece’s asymmetrical but regular rhythms and heavy chords wittily acknowledge—and reveal the congruence between—two of Boyce’s early influences: Bartok and King Crimson. The CD closes with the well-crafted, thirty-five minute-long Fortuitous Variations, a four-part composition for piano, violin, and cello.

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Daniel Barbiero