Three Anthony Braxton Box Sets to Be Released April 1

Composer will also play Tennessee festival

The Tri-Centric Foundation and Firehouse 12 Records will release three box sets by composer Anthony Braxton on April 1. According to a press release, they range “from a wild reinvention of post-Wagnerian opera-Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables)-to a heartfelt tribute to an improvisatory hero-Quintet (Tristano) 2014-to a multi-dimensional, fully immersive electro-acoustic sound environment-3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011.” Each of the three projects, the release continues, “offers a different component of Braxton’s constantly evolving vision, and each challenges the listener (or friendly experiencer, in Braxton terminology) to experience music as an active participant rather than a passive spectator.”

In conjunction with the releases, Braxton will make a rare U.S. concert appearance at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tenn., performing with his 10+1tet on April 1 and his Trio on April 2.


Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) [New Braxton House 906] [CD/Blu-ray]

Anthony Braxton: composer, librettist, conductor; Taylor Ho Bynum: producer, synchronous conductor; Acushla Bastible: stage director; Chris Jonas: video art director, film editor


Roland Burks: bass (Zakko), Kelvin Chan: baritone (Ashmenton), Tomas Cruz: tenor (Joreo), Lucy Dhegrae: soprano (Helena), Chris DiMeglio: baritone (Bubba John Jack), Kristin Fung: mezzo (Alva), Nick Hallett: tenor (David), Kyoko Kitamura: soprano (Ntzockie), Kamala Sankaram: soprano (Sundance), Elizabeth Saunders: mezzo (Kim), Jen Shyu: soprano (Shala), Vince Vincent: tenor (Ojuwain)

Instrumental Soloists:

Vincent Chancey: French horn, Jacob Garchik: baritone horn, Jim Hobbs: alto saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock: soprano saxophone, Domenica Fossati: flute, Oscar Noriega: clarinet, Dan Peck: tuba, Reut Regev: trombone, Stephanie Richards: trumpet, Katie Scheele: English horn, Josh Sinton: bass clarinet, Libby Van Cleve: oboe


Erica Dicker (concertmaster), Sam Bardfeld, Sarah Bernstein, Julianne Carney, Jason Hwang, Mazz Swift, Scott Tixier, Ginger Dolden: violin; Amy Cimini, Jessica Pavone, Erin Wight: viola; Marika Hughes, Tomeka Reid, Tomas Ulrich: cello; Ken Filiano, Mark Helias: bass; Leah Paul, Domenica Fossati: flute; Kathy Halvorson, Katie Scheele, Libby Van Cleve: oboe/English horn; Mike McGinnis, Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock, Oscar Noriega, Josh Sinton: clarinet/saxophone; Sara Schoenbeck, Katherine Young: bassoon; Nathan Koci, Vincent Chancey: French horn; Gareth Flowers, Stephanie Richards: trumpet; Jacob Garchik, Reut Regev: trombone; Dan Peck: tuba; David Shively: percussion; Jacqueline Kerrod: harp


Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar

Special appearances by the Trillium Jug Band and the Jazzy Jumpers

Jon Rosenberg: lead recording engineer, mixing and mastering; Louisa Proske: associate stage director; Dylan McLaughlin: associate video director; Ross Karre: director of photography, assistant film editor; Rachel Bernsen: choreographer; Yi Zhao: lighting designer; Nikki Delhomme: costume designer; Amy Crawford: sound designer

Quintet (Tristano) 2014 [New Braxton House 905]

Music & Details:

Anthony Braxton: piano, Eivind Opsvik: bass, Mike Szekely: drums, Jackson Moore: alto and baritone saxophones, André Vida: tenor, sopranino, bass, contrabass and c-melody saxophones

Compositions by Lennie Tristano, Ronnie Ball, Billy Bauer, Ted Brown, Connie Crothers, Lee Konitz, Billy Lester, Warne Marsh, Sal Mosca, Lenny Popkin

3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 [Firehouse 12 Records, CD edition: 01-02-020; Blu-ray edition: 01-04-020]

Music & Details:

Anthony Braxton: composer, sopranino, soprano and alto saxophones, iPod; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, trumpbone, iPod; Mary Halvorson: guitar, iPod; Jessica Pavone: violin, viola, iPod; Jay Rozen: tuba, iPod; Aaron Siegel: percussion, vibraphone, iPod; Carl Testa: bass, bass clarinet, iPod


April 1-Anthony Braxton 10+1tet

Anthony Braxton: alto, soprano, sopranino saxophones, composer; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, trumpbone; Nate Wooley: trumpet; Vincent Chancey: French horn; James Fei: alto, sopranino saxophones, clarinet; Ingrid Laubrock: tenor, soprano saxophones; Mary Halvorson: guitar; Brandon Seabrook: guitar; Tomeka Reid: cello; Carl Testa: bass; Tim Feeney: percussion

April 2-Anthony Braxton Trio

Anthony Braxton: alto, soprano, sopranino saxophones; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, trumpbone; Kyoko Kitamura: voice

Visit Big Ears Festival for more information.