Over the past decade, James Fei has worked in several distinct streams of activities—notated works for contemporary music ensembles, improvisations, live electronics and sound installations. Hysteresis brings together collaborators from these various fields, not so much to find a common ground among the possibilities, but to make a new work that retains the complexities and intensity of the individual components.
Anthony Braxton will conduct and perform with a chamber ensemble featuring the improvising soloists from his Trillium J opera, leading the group through a set of language music improvisations and works including Composition No. 46 (1975).
James Fei: Hysteresis
James Fei, saxophones & contrabass clarinet Josh Sinton, saxophones & contrabass clarinet Jen Baker, trombone
Christopher McIntyre, trombone
Kato Hideki, electric bass
Ed Tomney, analog electronics
Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 46
Anthony Braxton, conductor & saxophones
Vincent Chancey, French horn
Jacob Garchik, baritone horn
Jim Hobbs, alto saxophone
Ingrid Laubrock, soprano saxophone
Nicole Mitchell, flute
Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone
Dan Peck, tuba
Reut Regev, trombone
Stephanie Richards, trumpet
Katie Scheele, English horn
Josh Sinton, bass clarinet
Libby Van Cleve, oboe
Anthony Braxton is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and 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 Guggenhiem Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award.
The Tri-Centric Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the ongoing work and legacy of Anthony Braxton while also cultivating and inspiring the next generation of creative artists to pursue their own visions with the kind of idealism and integrity Braxton has demonstrated throughout his distinguished career.
The term “Tri-Centric” derives from Braxton’s three-volume collection of philosophical investigations, The Tri-Axium Writings. Braxton believes creative thinking cannot be reduced to dichotomies, but must embrace multiple perspectives. For instance, music is not only composed or improvised, but also includes intuition. We must not only consider the past and the present, but also the future. It is not always this or that, it is often the other.
Tri-Centric exists to vigorously advocate for the crucial role risk-taking art plays in maintaining the health and vibrancy of our culture. Through a commitment to innovation, self-sufficiency, and artistic ambition, the organization looks to create a new model of artist empowerment and offer a supportive community to those in pursuit of “trans-idiomatic” creativity.