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Trillium E is the first-ever studio recording of a Braxton opera, and documents a surreal and witty installment in Braxton’s ongoing Trillium cycle. Available as a four-disc box set in both physical and digital forms, it includes a 72-page booklet with libretto, photos, and critical essays. Each of Trillium E’s four acts features a different episode: a genie in a bottle, the invention of human cloning, interplanetary space travel, and the exploration of a jungle pyramid. The performers on Trillium E have been heard with major opera companies (New York City Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of San Diego); top avant-garde performance groups (Philip Glass Ensemble, Wooster Group, Darmstadt Institute); grassroots arts collectives (HERE Theater, Anti-Social Music); and collaborations with legendary jazz and improvised music figures.

ABOUT THE TRILLIUM CYCLE

Trillium E forms part of a cycle of interconnected operas that will ultimately comprise thirty-six one-act works, to be presented in various combinations. Prior to Trillium E (which has not been staged), three of Braxton’s operas have been performed: Trillium A (one act), Trillium M (two acts), and Trillium R (four acts). Both Trillium M and Trillium R resulted in live CDs, with Trillium R released by the previous incarnation of Braxton’s label, “Braxton House.” Since 2000, Braxton has completed Trillium E and Trillium J, both four acts, and is currently at work composing Trillium X. Two acts from Trillium J were performed in October 2011 at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Festival. Each act is split into two tracks for the listener’s convenience, but they are intended to be heard continuously, without interruption. Trillium E forms part of a cycle of interconnected operas that will ultimately comprise thirty-six one-act works, to be presented in various combinations. Prior to Trillium E (which has not been staged), three of Braxton’s operas have been performed: Trillium A (one act), Trillium M (two acts), and Trillium R (four acts). Both Trillium M and Trillium R resulted in live CDs, with Trillium R released by the previous incarnation of Braxton’s label, “Braxton House.” Since 2000, Braxton has completed Trillium E and Trillium J, both four acts, and is currently at work composing Trillium X. Two acts from Trillium J were performed in October 2011 at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Festival. Each act is split into two tracks for the listener’s convenience, but they are intended to be heard continuously, without interruption. Trillium E forms part of a cycle of interconnected operas that will ultimately comprise thirty-six one-act works, to be presented in various combinations. Prior to Trillium E (which has not been staged), three of Braxton’s operas have been performed: Trillium A (one act), Trillium M (two acts), and Trillium R (four acts). Both Trillium M and Trillium R resulted in live CDs, with Trillium R released by the previous incarnation of Braxton’s label, “Braxton House.” Since 2000, Braxton has completed Trillium E and Trillium J, both four acts, and is currently at work composing Trillium X. Two acts from Trillium J were performed in October 2011 at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Festival. Each act is split into two tracks for the listener’s convenience, but they are intended to be heard continuously, without interruption.

Additional Information

Catalog Number NBH901CD
Product Type CD
Recording Date Nov 18, 2013
Location Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Audio Sample https://s3.amazonaws.com/tricentricfoundation.org/samples/NBH901_clip.mp3
Personnel

Conductor: Anthony Braxton
Assistant conductor, vocal conductor: Taylor Ho Bynum
Assistant conductor: Matthew Welch

Vocals:
Kamala Sankaram: coloratura soprano as 'Helena'
Anne Rhodes: coloratura soprano as 'Sundance'
Jen Shyu: soprano as 'Shala'
Kyoko Kitamura: soprano as 'Ntzockie'
Elizabeth Saunders: mezzo soprano as 'Alva'
Fay Victor: mezzo soprano as 'Kim'
Nick Hallett: tenor as 'David'
Richard Harper: tenor as 'Ojuwain'
Wesley Chinn: baritone voc) as 'Joreo'
Chris DiMeglio baritone as 'Bubba John Jack'
Michael Douglas Jones: bass as 'Zakko'
Stan Scott: bass as 'Ashmenton'

Instrumental soloists:
Nicole Mitchell: piccolo
Leah Paul: flute
Salim Washington: oboe
Dave Kadden: english horn
Matt Bauder: clarinet
Oscar Noriega: alto clarinet
John Sinton: bass clarinet
Dan Blake: soprano sax
Dan Voss: alto sax
Nate Wooley: trumpet
Reut Regev: trombone
Jay Rozen: tuba

Tri-Centric Orchestra:
Michel Gentile, Nicole Mitchell, Leah Paul: flute
Christa Robinson, Salim Washington: oboe
Katie Scheele, Dave Kadden: english horn
Jason Mears, Matt Bauder, Dan Blake: clarinet
Oscar Noriega: alto clarinet
John Sinton, Mike McGinnis: bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Sara Schoenbeck, Brad Balliet: bassoon
Katie Young: contrabassoon
Mark Taylor: french horn
Gareth Flowers, Nate Wooley: trumpet
Dan Blacksberg, Reut Regev: trombone
Sam Kulik: bass trombone
Jay Rozen: tuba
Chris Dingman, Tyshawn Sorey: percussion
Cory Smythe: piano
Shelley Burgon: harp
Erica Dicker, Sarah Bernstein, Olivia De Prato, Jason Kao Hwang, Sylvia Ryerson, Andie Springer, Skye Steele, Mazz Swift: violin
Jessica Pavone, Amy Cimini, Brian Thompson: viola
Tomas Ulrich, Tomeka Reid, Shanda Wooley: cello
Ken Filiano, Kris Saebo, Carl Testa: bass

Tracks
  1. Act I  [49:15]
  2. Act II  [43:13]
  3. Act III [48:33]
  4. Act IV  [40:18]
Credits

Composed by Anthony Braxton, Synthesis Music (BMI)
Producer: Taylor Ho Bynum for the Tri-Centric Foundation
Executive producers: Anthony Braxton and Nick Lloyd
Recorded March 18 – 22, 2010, at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Recording producer, engineer, mixing and mastering: Jon Rosenberg
Assistant producers: Amy Crawford and Kyoko Kitamura
Systems Two staff and assistant engineers: Joe Marciano, Nancy Marciano and Max Ross