Last night, April 11th, 2014 was the first night of the Tri-Centric Music Festival at Roulette. Members had the opportunity to come early for a pre-concert reception where we unveiled the 5 Anthony Braxton Scores that are currently on display at Roulette.
Falling River Music
Excerpts from the liner notes to Anthony Braxton/Matt Bauder – 2+2 Compositions (2005, 482 Music) by Charlie Wilmoth:
Braxton has done so many things over the course of his amazing career that it’s difficult to ever say that he’s doing something he has never done. It seems safe to say, however, that in the last few years, Braxton has been paying more attention to timbre and texture than ever before. This interpretation of recent trends in Braxton’s work seems even more plausible when we consider his new Falling River Musics.
Braxton writes, “Falling River Musics is the name of a new structural prototype class of compositions in my music system that will seek to explore image logic construct ‘paintings’ as the score’s extract music notation.” Falling River scores consist of large, colorful drawings (reminiscent of the titles of Braxton’s earlier compositions) alongside much smaller writings.
These smaller writings are accompanied by an intentionally vague legend that begins near the top of the page with a quarter note. Subsequent drawings in the legend look less and less like musical notation, and they quickly become unrecognizable as such. Braxton refuses to assign any specific meanings to the notations of his Falling River scores, since part of their purpose is to allow each performer to find her own way through them. He explains, “I am particularly interested in this direction as a means to balance the demands of traditional notation interpretation and esoteric inter-targeting.”
Anthony Braxton is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators ad creative thinkers of the past 50 years, highly esteemed in the creative music community for the revolutionary quality of his work and for the mentorship and inspiration he has provided to generations of younger musicians. Drawing upon a disparate mix of influences from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen to Native American music, Braxton has created a unique musical system that celebrates the concept of global creativity and our shared humanity. His work examines core principles of improvisation, structural navigation and ritual engagement; innovation, spirituality and intellectual investigation. His many accolades include a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award.
The Tri-Centric Music Festival continues through this weekend and next week! Full schedule below:
Friday, April 11, 8PM at Roulette
Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces Featuring Nate Wooley: trumpet; Ingrid Laubrock: saxophones; Sylvie Courvoisier: piano; Matt Moran: vibraphone
Anthony Braxton: Composition 146, “Moogie and Stetson” for 12 flutes, 2 tubas, and percussion Featuring Taylor Ho Bynum: conductor; Jamie Baum, Domenica Fossati, Michel Gentile, Adrianne Greenbaum, Margaret Lancaster, Erin Lesser, Aleksandra Miglowiec, Leah Paul, Helene Rosenblatt, Peter Standaart, Heather Stegmaier, Sarah Bouchard Stockton: flute; Joseph Daley, Jay Rozen: tuba; Chris Dingman: percussion
Saturday, April 12, 1PM Roulette
Roulette Kids! presents: Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum leads a workshop using Anthony Braxton’s principles of Language Music to introduce young people to ideas of group improvisation and composition—using sound as a “lego set” to create structures for play. All ages welcome, with special guests from the upcoming production of Braxton’s opera Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables).
Saturday, April 12, 8PM at Roulette
Fay Victor: Neighborhood Dynamics Featuring Fay Victor: vocals; Nicole Mitchell: flute; Vincent Chancey: french horn; Anders Nilsson: guitar; Ken Filiano: double bass
Anthony Braxton: Falling River Music Nonet Featuring Anthony Braxton: saxophones; James Fei: saxophones; Ingrid Laubrock: saxophones; Jasmine Lovell-Smith: saxophones: Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook: guitar; Tomeka Reid: cello; Nate Wooley: trumpet; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet
Sunday, April 13, 8-11PM at EYEBEAM
André Vida Moving Scores Final Day Featuring André Vida: saxophones; Christa Robinson: english horn; Sara Schoenbeck: bassoon; Jay Rozen: tuba; Brett Sroka: trombone; Loren Dempster: cello
Thursday, April 17, 8PM at ROULETTE
Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts I & II) 8 P.M. at Roulette
Vocalists: Roland Burks, bass (Zakko), Kelvin Chan, baritone (Ashmenton), Tomas Cruz, tenor (Joreo), Lucy Dhegrae, soprano (Helena), Chris DiMeglio, baritone (Bubba John Jack), Kristin Fung, mezza (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)
Dancers: Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar
Orchestra: Violin: Erica Dicker (concertmaster), Ginger Dolden, Sam Bardfeld, Sarah Bernstein, Julianne Carney, Jason Hwang, Mazz Swift, Scott Tixier Viola: Amy Cimini, Jessica Pavone, Erin Wight Cello: Marika Hughes, Tomeka Reid, Tomas Ulrich Bass: Ken Filiano, Mark Helias Flute: Leah Paul, Domenica Fossati Oboe/English horn: Kathy Halvorson, Katie Scheele, Libby Van Cleve Clarinet/saxophone: Mike McGinnis, Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock, Oscar Noriega, Josh Sinton Bassoon: Sara Schoenbeck, Katherine Young French horn: Nathan Koci, Vincent Chancey Trumpet: Gareth Flowers, Stephanie Richards Trombone: Jacob Garchik, Reut Regev Tuba: Dan Peck Percussion: David Shively Harp: Jacqui Kerrod
Conductor/Composer/Librettist: Anthony Braxton Producer: Taylor Ho Bynum Director: Acushla Bastible Associate Director: Louisa Proske Video Director: Chris Jonas Associate Video Director: Dylan McLaughlin Choreographer: Rachel Bernsen Sound Design: Amy Crawford Assistant Producer: Kyoko Kitamura Production Assistant: Tyler Rai Lighting designer: Yi Zhao Costume designer: Nikki Delhomme Stage Manager: Desiree Alejandro
Friday, April 18, 8PM at Roulette Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts III & IV) (See Thursday, April 17 for full cast & crew)
Saturday, April 19, 3PM at Roulette Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts I & II) (See Thursday, April 17 for full cast & crew)
Saturday, April 19, 8PM at Roulette Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts III & IV) (See Thursday, April 17 for full cast & crew)
For Roulette, general admission is $20 – $35 depending on the performance. Members/Students/Seniors $15, FREE for All Access Members. More info here: http://roulette.org/events/