WKCR will be teaming up with Anthony Braxton’s TriCentric Foundation to provide exclusive coverage of the 2014 TriCentric Festival. The TriCentric Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports the ongoing work and legacy of Anthony Braxton and the surrounding community. The Foundation is hosting the TriCentric Festival at Roulette and Eyebeam this year to feature TriCentric composers and several of Braxton’s pieces, included the premiere of his new opera, Trillium J. WKCR will feature TriCentric artists, ticket giveaways, and a special interview with Anthony Braxton in our studios.
From April 8-16, WKCR will be dedicating our Afternoon New Music programs to feature exclusive interviews and content related to the TriCentric Festival. We will be interviewing James Fei, Fay Victor, Nate Wooley, and Taylor Ho Bynum. On Monday, April 14th, we will be broadcasting a special interview with Anthony Braxton himself.
Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, April 8th, 3PM: Interview with James Fei
Wednesday, April 9th, 3PM: Interview with Fay Victor
Wednesday, April 9th, 6PM:Interview with Nate Wooley
Monday, April 14th, 3PM: Interview with Anthony Braxton
Tuesday, April 15th, 3PM: Interview with Taylor Ho Bynum
Wednesday, April 16th, 3PM: Broadcast of Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium E (2010)
About Anthony Braxton:
Anthony Braxton (b. June 4, 1945) has boldly redefined the boundaries of American music for more than 40 years. Drawing on such lifelong influences as jazz saxophonists Warne Marsh and Albert Ayler, innovative American composers John Cage and Charles Ives and pioneering European Avant-Garde figures Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis, he created a unique musical system, with its own classifications and graphics-based language that embraces a variety of traditions and genres while defying categorization of its own.
His multi-faceted career includes hundreds of recordings, performances all over the world with fellow legends and younger musicians alike, an influential legacy as an educator and author of scholarly writings, and an ardent international fan base that passionately supports and documents it all. From his early work as a pioneering solo performer in the late 1960’s through his eclectic experiments on Arista Records in the 1970’s, his landmark quartet of the 1980’s, and more recent endeavors, such as his cycle of Trillium operas, a piece for 100 tubas and the day-long, installation-based Sonic Genome Project, his vast body of work is unparalleled.
In 2010, he revived the Tri-Centric Foundation which had been dormant for 10 years. In 2011, he released his first studio-recorded opera Trillium E; that year also saw the 4-evening Tri-Centric Festival (held at Roulette in Brooklyn), which was the most comprehensive portrait of Braxton’s five-decade career yet presented in the United States. Braxton is a tenured professor at Wesleyan University, which has one of the nation’s leading programs for world and experimental music, and his many awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2009 honorary doctorate from the Université de Liège, Belgium, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a 2013 New Music USA Letter of Distinction. He is also a 2014 NEA Jazz Master. His next four-act opera, Trillium J, will be premiered in April 2014 at Brooklyn’s Roulette, headlining a two-week festival of Tri-Centric music.
Read more about the TriCentric Foundation and the TriCentric Festival: