Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Upcoming 2014 Releases from Anthony Braxton

I realize that I haven't posted a lot about Anthony Braxton, but I love his work and always look forward to catching up with new developments in his music. As any fan of his can tell you, this can be a full-time job, as he seems to constantly generate new concepts: Diamond Curtain Wall, Echo Echo Mirror House, Pine Top Aerial, Falling River Music. The Braxton of today is far different from the Ghost Trance music of a few years ago, which is far different from his Quartet with Crispell, Dresser and Hemingway, which is far different from his 70's LPs on Arista...well, you get the idea.

His Tri-Centric Foundation, originally started in 1994, has steadily released new digital recordings and provided "official" access to bootlegs on a monthly basis since it was revived in 2010. Recently, the Foundation announced that new releases would be in CD format (previously the only physical release on the New Braxton House label was the opera Trillium E), and now we know some more information about upcoming 2014 releases:

Trio (New Haven) 2013, a 4-CD set of Braxton performing with drummers Tom Rainey and Tomas Fujiwara.

12 Duets (DCWM) 2012, 12-CD set presenting Braxton in duets with three partners: violinist Erica Dicker, vocalist Kyoko Kitamura and bassoonist Katherine Young.

3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011, a 3-CD set documenting Braxton’s newest composition system, Echo Echo Mirror House Music, featuring Braxton’s long-running septet with Taylor Ho Bynum (brass), Jessica Pavone (viola), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Jay Rozen (tuba), Carl Testa (bass) and Aaron Siegel (percussion) to be released from Firehouse 12 Records.

Members of the Foundation will get a discount on these sets.

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