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
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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.