Questions I’ve received on multiple occasions: How does Anthony Braxton notate his music? What do his scores look like? Well, here’s your chance to see a few examples.
For the month of July, New Braxton House Records is featuring “Sax Quintet (Middletown) 1998” (view Part I here and Part II here) as the free download for NBH subscribers (without a subscription, Part I and Part II are priced at $9.99 each). In lieu of liner notes, we’ve included scans of pages taken from the scores of both Composition No. 232 and No. 233.
One of the goals of the Tri-Centric Foundation is to develop a digital archive of Mr. Braxton’s written work; in doing so, we hope to eventually make more of his complete scores available in a digital library for musicians, music teachers, professors, scholars and friendly experiencers alike. I encourage you to check it out!
Congratulations to all of the composers included in this “crowdsourced selection of young composers,” assembled by Q2 and NPR – especially to those who are members of the Tri-Centric family!
If you’re here on the blog you’ve probably heard that tricentricfoundation.org went live today. Please check it out and let us know what you think! Feel free to leave comments here on the blog. If you have any technical/troubleshooting questions about the site, please direct those inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for exploring the new website and we hope you choose to become a subscriber!
The Tri-Centric Orchestra gathered in December at Issue Project Room to engage in a 3-day workshop with Anthony Braxton. The Orchestra learned more about Anthony’s music, rehearsed several of his works, and engaged in the first-ever reading of Trillium J, the next opera in Anthony’s Trillium Cycle (after Trillium E, which will be released this year!). Check out the Tri-Centric Foundation’s Facebook page to view photos from the workshops (You don’t have to be a member of Facebook to view the album… but if you are on Facebook, please consider giving us a “like”!).
Happy New Year to everyone. 2011 is going to be a big year for the Tri-Centric Foundation, and we appreciate your continued support!
“[Anthony Braxton and Gerry Hemingway’s] output feels both sweeping and intimate, never glib, and rich with unfolding possibility.”
-Nate Chinen for The New York Times
Read about it here.
Just in case you didn’t hear about this yet…
Click here to listen to an interview conducted with Anthony in 1985 for the “Speaking of Music” series, co-presented by the Exploratorium, Charles Amirkhanian and KPFA radio. The Exploratorium has been releasing these archived tapes online in celebration of the institution’s 40th anniversary; other artists featured on the program (comb through the archives on the website, there are so many!) include John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass and Brian Eno.