4-Night Anthony Braxton Festival Coming to Brooklyn

Composer will also release new opera, ‘Trillium E’

Energies, Ideas, Intuitions: Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Festival, described as “by far the most comprehensive portrait of the composer/multi-reedist yet presented in the United States,” will take place from October 5-8 at Roulette’s new performance space in Brooklyn. According to a press release, “Energies, Ideas, Intuitions encompasses opera, orchestral, chamber, solo, electro-acoustic, choral, and dance works, performed by leading interpreters of Braxton’s music from both the classical and improvised music worlds.” Braxton will perform or conduct every evening and each concert will include at least one U.S. or world premiere.

Following the festival, on October 11, New Braxton House, the label of the composer’s Tri-Centric Foundation, will issue the first-ever studio recording of an Anthony Braxton opera, Trillium E. The deluxe four-disc set will be available at Tri-Centric Foundation.

Trillium Edocuments the newest installment in Braxton’s ongoing Trillium cycle, and includes a booklet with libretto, photos, and critical essays. Each of Trillium E‘s four acts features a different episode: a genie in a bottle, the invention of human cloning, interplanetary space travel and the exploration of a jungle pyramid. Advance copies of the box set will be on sale at Roulette during the festival.

The Tri-Centric Foundation has also created a free downloadable sampler of Braxton’s work titled Composition, Improvisation, Synthesis: Selections from the Tri-Centric Foundation Archivethat provides an ideal introduction. Braxton is heard both solo and with such musicians asMax Roach, Dave Holland, Barry Altschul, Kenny Wheeler, George Lewis, William Winant, David Rosenboom, Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson and many others. Starting September 15, the sampler will be available at Tri-Centric Foundation.

Tri-Centric Festival schedule and information

Energies, Ideas, Intuitions takes place at Roulette’s new venue, 509 Atlantic Avenue, in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood. All shows begin at 8 pm; ticket information appears below.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

The world premiere of Pine Top Arial Music, a new interdisciplinary system combining dance and music; a set of Braxton’s through-composed solo piano music; and his Falling River Music Quartet, which interprets evocative graphic scores.

Pine Top Arial Music-Anthony Braxton (reeds), Taylor Ho Bynum (brass), Matt Bauder (reeds), Anne Rhodes (voice), Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar (movement)

Composition 30-Cory Smythe (piano)

Falling River Music-Anthony Braxton (reeds), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Shelley Burgon (harp), Renee Baker (violin/viola)

Thursday, Oct. 6

The U.S. debut of Braxton’s Diamond Curtain Wall Trio, with interactive electronics. The Tri-Centric Orchestra will perform ensemble pieces with three simultaneous conductors and language music improvisations.

Diamond Curtain Wall Trio-Anthony Braxton (reeds, electronics), Taylor Ho Bynum (brass), Mary Halvorson (guitar)

Tri-Centric Orchestra-Jason Hwang, Mazz Swift (violins), Renee Baker (viola), Tomas Ulrich (cello); Nate Wooley, Chris DiMeglio (trumpets), Mark Taylor (French horn), Dan Blacksburg, Chris McIntyre (trombones), Anthony Braxton, Daniel Blake, Dan Voss, Matt Bauder, Salim Washington, Josh Sinton (reeds), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass), Tyshawn Sorey (percussion), Taylor Ho Bynum, Jessica Pavone, Aaron Siegel (conductors)

Friday, Oct. 7

Featuring the debut of a 13-member vocal choir, performing Braxton’s syntactical Ghost Trance Music. The composer’s 12+3tet plays Echo Echo Mirror House Music, where the musicians wield iPods in addition to their instruments, combining live performance and sampled sound from Braxton’s extensive discography.

Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Choir-Anne Rhodes, Kyoko Kitamura, Amy Crawford, Jean Carla Rodea, Fay Victor, Kamala Sankaram, Elizabeth Saunders, Nick Hallett, Vince Vincent, Wesley Chinn, Chris DiMeglio, Michael Douglas Jones, Adam Matlock (voices)

12+3tet Echo Echo Mirror House-Anthony Braxton, Andrew Raffo Dewar, James Fei, Steve Lehman, Chris Jonas, Sara Schoenbeck (reeds), Taylor Ho Bynum, Reut Regev, Jay Rozen (brass), Renee Baker, Erica Dicker, Jessica Pavone (strings), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Carl Testa (bass), Aaron Siegel (percussion)

Saturday, Oct. 8

A world premiere concert reading of two acts of Braxton’s opera Trillium J, featuring a cast of 12 singers and 35-piece orchestra, with Braxton conducting.

Roulette is located at 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. All shows begin at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $35; $25 for students, seniors, Roulette members, and Tri-Centric Foundation subscribers. A festival pass for all four nights is $100; $60 for students, seniors, Roulette members, and Tri-Centric Foundation subscribers.

For more information, visit Tri-Centric Foundation.