The performance space Roulette will present the four-day “Energies, Ideas, Intuitions” festival, which celebrates the music of Anthony Braxton, at their new location, 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The festival begins on Wednesday, October 5 and ends Saturday, October 8; all shows begin at 8 PM.
On Tuesday, October 11, New Braxton House – the Tri-Centric Foundation label – will issue the first-ever studio recording of an Anthony Braxton opera, Trillium E. The four-CD set includes a booklet with libretto, photos, and critical essays, and advance copies of the box will be on sale at Roulette during the festival.
To promote the festival, Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation is offering a free download of the 11-track sampler Composition, Improvisation, Synthesis – Selections from the Tri-Centric Foundation Archives, which is an astonishing set of music by a broad range of ensembles, and which can be grabbed at this link.
The third issue of Burning Ambulance features a major article on Braxton (including extensive discussion of the opera) by Kurt Gottschalk; click here to purchase that.
Full festival information is below.
Energies, Ideas, Intuitions Schedule
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 US 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 Kao 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 twelve singers and 35-piece orchestra, with Braxton conducting.
- Trillium J (Acts I and III): Amy Crawford, Anne Rhodes, Kyoko Kitamura, Fay Victor, Kamala Sankaram, Elizabeth Saunders, Nick Hallett, Vince Vincent, Wesley Chinn, Chris DiMeglio, Michael Douglas Jones, Jeremiah Lockwood (voices); Erica Dicker, Jason Hwang, Sarah Bernstein, Olivia DePrato, Renee Baker, Skye Steele (violins); Jessica Pavone, Amy Cimini, Lilian Belknap (violas); Tomas Ulrich, Nathan Bontrager, Daniel Levin (cellos); Ken Filiano, Carl Testa (bass); Cory Smythe (piano); Chris Dingman (percussion); Michel Gentile, Yukari (flutes); Christa Robinson (oboe); Katie Scheele (english horn); Sara Schoenbeck, Brad Balliett (bassoons); Mike McGinnis, Oscar Noriega, Jason Mears, Josh Sinton (clarinets); Nate Wooley, Gareth Flowers (trumpets); Mark Taylor (French horn); Reut Regev, Sam Kulick (trombones); Jay Rozen (tuba); Anthony Braxton (conductor)
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.
An exclusive VIP pass ($350) includes admission to all four shows, plus a year’s unlimited access to the Tri-Centric Foundation’s online archive of rare Braxton recordings, and a signed copy of the Trillium E boxed set.