2014 Tri-Centric Music Festival at Roulette and Eyebeam 4/10 – 4/19

Thursday-Sunday, April 10-13 at EYEBEAM https://eyebeam.org/

André Vida: Moving Scores (Solo Interpretations)
Thursday, April 10 12PM-3PM André Vida (sax) 3PM-6PM Christa Robinson (english horn)
Friday April 11 12PM-3PM Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) 3PM-6PM Loren Dempster (cello)
Saturday April 12 12PM-3PM Jay Rosen (tuba) 3PM-6PM Brett Sroka (trombone)
Sunday April 13 8PM André Vida, Christa Robinson, Sara Schoenbeck, Loren Dempster, Jay Rosen, Brett Sroka
http://eyebeam.org/moving-scores

Thursday, April 10, 8PM at Roulette http://roulette.org/

James Fei: Hysteresis
Featuring 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 (1975)
Featuring 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

http://roulette.org/events/the-tri-centric-commissioning-series-the-trillium-chamber-players-perform-anthony-braxtons-composition-no-46-plus-the-james-fei-ensemble/

Friday, April 11, 8PM at Roulette

Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces
Featuring Nate Wooley: trumpet; Ingrid Laubrock: saxophones; Sylvie Courvoisier: piano; Matt Moran: vibraphone

Anthony Braxton: Composition 146, “Moogie and Stetson” for 12 flutes, 2 tubas, and percussion
Featuring Taylor Ho Bynum: conductor; Jamie Baum, Domenica Fossati, Michel Gentile, Adrianne Greenbaum, Margaret Lancaster, Erin Lesser, Aleksandra Miglowiec, Leah Paul, Helene Rosenblatt, Peter Standaart, Heather Stegmaier, Sarah Bouchard Stockton: flute; Joseph Daley, Jay Rozen: tuba; Chris Dingman: percussion

http://roulette.org/events/tri-centric-presents-anthony-braxtons-composition-no-146-for-12-flutes-2-tubas-and-percussion-plus-the-nate-wooley-ensemble/

Saturday, April 12, 1PM Roulette

Roulette Kids! presents: Taylor Ho Bynum

Taylor Ho Bynum leads a workshop using Anthony Braxton’s principles of Language Music to introduce young people to ideas of group improvisation and composition—using sound as a “lego set” to create structures for play. All ages welcome, with special guests from the upcoming production of Braxton’s opera Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables).

http://roulette.org/events/roulette-kids-taylor-ho-bynum/

Saturday, April 12, 8PM at Roulette

Fay Victor: Neighborhood Dynamics
Featuring Fay Victor: vocals; Nicole Mitchell: flute; Vincent Chancey: french horn; Anders Nilsson: guitar; Ken Filiano: double bass

Anthony Braxton: Falling River Music Nonet
Featuring Anthony Braxton: saxophones; James Fei: saxophones; Ingrid Laubrock: saxophones; Jasmine Lovell-Smith: saxophones: Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook: guitar; Tomeka Reid: cello; Nate Wooley: trumpet; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet

http://roulette.org/events/the-tri-centric-presenting-series-anthony-braxtons-falling-river-music-nonet-plus-the-fay-victor-ensemble/

Sunday, April 13, 8-11PM at EYEBEAM

André Vida Moving Scores Final Day
Featuring André Vida: saxophones; Christa Robinson: english horn; Sara Schoenbeck: bassoon; Jay Rozen: tuba; Brett Sroka: trombone; Loren Dempster: cello

http://eyebeam.org/moving-scores

Thursday, April 17, 8PM at ROULETTE

Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts I & II) 8 P.M. at Roulette

Vocalists: Roland Burks, bass (Zakko), Kelvin Chan, baritone (Ashmenton), Tomas Cruz, tenor (Joreo), Lucy Dhegrae, soprano (Helena), Chris DiMeglio, baritone (Bubba John Jack), Kristin Fung, mezza (Alva), Nick Hallett, tenor (David), Kyoko Kitamura, soprano (Ntzockie), Kamala Sankaram, soprano (Sundance), Elizabeth Saunders, mezzo (Kim), Jen Shyu, soprano (Shala), Vince Vincent, tenor (Ojuwain)

Instrumental Soloists: Vincent Chancey (French horn), Jacob Garchik (baritone horn), Jim Hobbs (alto saxophone), Ingrid Laubrock (soprano saxophone), Domenica Fossati (flute),Oscar Noriega (clarinet), Dan Peck (tuba), Reut Regev (trombone), Stephanie Richards (trumpet), Katie Scheele (English horn), Josh Sinton (bass clarinet), Libby Van Cleve (oboe)

Dancers: Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar

Orchestra:
Violin: Erica Dicker (concertmaster), Renee Baker, Sam Bardfeld, Sarah Bernstein, Julianne Carney, Jason Hwang, Mazz Swift, Scott Tixier
Viola: Amy Cimini, Jessica Pavone, Erin Wight
Cello: Marika Hughes, Tomeka Reid, Tomas Ulrich
Bass: Ken Filiano, Mark Helias
Flute: Leah Paul, Domenica Fossati
Oboe/English horn: Kathy Halvorson, Katie Scheele, Libby Van Cleve
Clarinet/saxophone: Mike McGinnis, Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock, Oscar Noriega, Josh Sinton
Bassoon: Sara Schoenbeck, Katherine Young
French horn: Nathan Koci, Vincent Chancey
Trumpet: Gareth Flowers, Stephanie Richards
Trombone: Jacob Garchik, Reut Regev
Tuba: Dan Peck
Percussion: David Shively
Harp: Jacqui Kerrod

Conductor/Composer/Librettist: Anthony Braxton
Producer: Taylor Ho Bynum
Director: Acushla Bastible
Associate Director: Louisa Proske
Video Director: Chris Jonas
Associate Video Director: Dylan McLaughlin
Choreographer: Rachel Bernsen
Sound Design: Amy Crawford
Assistant Producer: Kyoko Kitamura
Production Assistant: Tyler Rai
Lighting designer: Yi Zhao
Costume designer: Nikki Delhomme
Stage Manager: Desiree Alejandro

http://roulette.org/events/anthony-braxtons-trillium-j-the-non-unconfessionables-acts-i-ii/

Friday, April 18, 8PM at Roulette
Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts III & IV)
(See Thursday, April 17 for full cast & crew)

http://roulette.org/events/anthony-braxtons-trillium-j-the-non-unconfessionables-acts-iii-iv/

Saturday, April 19, 3PM at Roulette
Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts I & II)
(See Thursday, April 17 for full cast & crew)

http://roulette.org/events/anthony-braxtons-trillium-j-the-non-unconfessionables-acts-i-ii-2/

Saturday, April 19, 8PM at Roulette
Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) (Acts III & IV)
(See Thursday, April 17 for full cast & crew)

http://roulette.org/events/anthony-braxtons-trillium-j-the-non-unconfessionables-acts-iii-iv-2/

Admission:

For Roulette, general admission is $20 – $35 depending on the performance. Members/Students/Seniors $15, FREE for All Access Members. More info here: http://roulette.org/events/

For Eyebeam, more info TBA here: https://eyebeam.org/

Tri-Centric Presenting Series Spotlight: Steve Lehman

photo by Willie Davis

Tri-Centric Presenting Series Spotlight: Steve Lehman
(email interview with Kyoko Kitamura)

In the Tri-Centric Presenting Series, featured musicians are asked to bring in their own projects. One of the most respected and forward-thinking artists on the scene today, Steve Lehman has a long-standing association with Anthony Braxton and is a member of his 12+1tet. Here, he talks about the trio he will be presenting at Roulette on Sept.25th with Jonathan Finlayson and James Hurt, the software they will be incorporating, and what it means to be in the Tri-Centric Presenting Series.

 

KK: What will you be presenting on 9/25?

SL: The pieces that we’ll do will basically function as a series of structured improvisations. If all goes well, each piece will provide a unique perspective on what we do as as trio.

KK: Will all three of the performers be using electronics?

SL: Yes, we’ll all be using electronics. My own set up makes use of Spear, Ableton Live, and Max/MSP. James has been doing a lot of sound design with self-contained, no input set ups , and Jonathan will be focusing on Spear. They’ll be a lot of live processing, though almost none of it will draw from the acoustic sounds of the saxophone, trumpet and piano.

KK: About the musicians.

SL: I’ve been working closely with Jonathan Finlayson since 2005. He has such a personal voice as both a composer and an instrumentalist. And I’ve never seen him come across a musical situation that he wasn’t able to internalize and transform. Same for James Hurt — one of my favorite pianists in New York. James is just unbelievably gifted. And, to be honest, I can’t think of anyone else from his generation who’s done as much in as many different areas. He accompanied Abbey Lincoln, he was a Blue Note recording artist, he’s an exceptional percussionist, and he’s also developed a really personal language in the domain of electronic music and sound design.

KK: This performance is presented within the context of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation. Anthony encourages everyone to take risks. Does this affect your choice of presentation at all? I guess what I’m asking is, how is it different from you presenting your regular groups?

SL: Absolutely. This concert represents new territory for all three of us in many ways, and we’re really excited about it. I’m also hoping that it will be an opportunity to create some new connections amongst various musical communities. James and Jonathan are two of my favorite musicians and creative thinkers in NYC. And I’m excited to have another opportunity to share their music with the Tri-Centric community of engaged listeners and musicians.

KK: Upcoming events for you which you’d like to mention.

SL: After this concert, I come right back to Roulette on September 30th to perform one of Braxton’s Ghost Trance pieces with the Wet Ink contemporary music ensemble. It’s a double-bill with Evan Parker’s Electroacoustic Ensemble, featuring people like Peter Evans and George Lewis, so it should be a really special night. After that, I have a couple of short U.S. tour with my trio and with my octet…should be fun!

KK: Thank you. We look forward to the performance!

Performance details:
Wednesday Sept. 25th 8PM
Roulette 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Av, Brooklyn, NY map
$20 general admission, $15 Roulette members/TCF members/seniors/students
Tickets and more info: http://roulette.org/events/tri-centric-presenting-2/

Tri-Centric Commissioning Series Spotlight: Mark Taylor


photo by Donald Dan

Tri-Centric Commissioning Series Spotlight: Mark Taylor
(email interview with Kyoko Kitamura)

In the Tri-Centric Commissioning Series, featured composers are asked to write or newly adapt a composition for the Tri-Centric Orchestra. One of the composers on 9/24 at Roulette is Mark Taylor whose rich creativity knows no bounds. As a performer, Mark has worked with jazz legends such as Max Roach, Henry Threadgill and Muhal Richard Abrams, and pop icons like BeBe Winans and Michael Bolton. As a composer, he has composed for theater, dance, and film. Here, he describes his new composition “It’s Not Like He’s Never Been There Before” and talks candidly about putting his horn down, changing directions and expanding options, and what it means to be an older musician with experience.

 

KK: Can you describe your piece “It’s Not Like He’s Never Been There Before” and how it came about?

ML: The inspiration for the piece mostly comes from the work of visual artist Gabriela Vainsencher and her Morning Drawings project. Much of this work contains cryptic bits of text that make great composition titles and creates, for me, a feeling of an unfinished story or something overheard.

KK: Did you write with the Tri-Centric Orchestra in mind, and, if so, how did that affect your work?

ML: Indeed I did! One of the great joys of this project is that I was able to indulge my “inner Ellington” and write, not only for players I knew and loved (since I am a former member of the Tri-Centric Orchestra myself), but for an ensemble that is, to my knowledge, unique among large “new music” ensembles. I knew I could write “knotty bits” and challenging melodic and harmonic material and then turn on a dime to collective improvisation, chord changes, graphic notation, you name it!

KK: I know that you have been through a huge transition lately, taking you away from the French Horn and into other territories. Would you let us know about that process, have any advice for people who may undergo similar transitions or anyone who is thinking about changing their area of expertise?

ML: It’s been about a year and a half since I had to put the French Horn down and I can tell you it’s been a long roller coaster ride mostly centered around issues of identity. I am slowly learning to separate the Horn player from the musician, the Composer, the Artist (I’m actually finally learning to be comfortable calling myself an Artist, even though that was always my goal). I’ve also had the amazing support of mentors, friends and colleagues, many of whom, it turns out, always saw me as a composer, anyway. I was just a composer who happened to play the French Horn. As much as I hope to be able to play the Horn again one day, the “silver lining”, as my wife likes to call it, is all the new opportunities and directions I can explore!

KK: As an older musician in a culture which often celebrates youth, would you have any thoughts on the matter and advice for the not-so-young (myself included… I personally would love some advice!)?

ML: “HEY!! YOU KIDS GET OFF OF MY LAWN!!!” What? Oh…well that’s all pretty new to me, too! I have to admit that my feeling about “changing direction” (I now choose to think of it as “expanding my options”) was that I’d be starting over and having to compete with lots of  “young ‘uns”. What I’m seeing is actually quite different. We have experience, and experiences. Those are valuable and sought after. They give us something to say, hopefully. All those gigs I did as a younger musician (and all the older-than-I-was musicians who took the time to teach me) laid a foundation I can build on today. I think many of us would be surprised to find out how many people actually DO know about us and our work. I know I was. I was recently at a workshop about “career” stuff and the speaker made the case that most of us see “the business/career” as kind of an Eiffel Tower. You start at the bottom and make all the right moves and end up at the top. Hopefully. His challenge to us was to see that there IS no Tower. You find a community, a scene, and you dig in and make some noise. I’m sometimes afraid of making noise. Raised to be too polite, I guess. I really like big parts of that idea. Climb up on that foundation, strap in for the long haul and start making noise!!

KK: Thank you and see you on the 24th!

Performance details:
Tuesday Sept. 24th 8PM
Roulette 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Av, Brooklyn, NY map
$20 general admission, $15 Roulette members/TCF members/seniors/students
Tickets and more info: http://roulette.org/events/tri-centric-orchestra/

 

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Thank you to everyone who has supported us up until now, including the many monthly members who have been with us for so long. We have now made the transition to the annual membership model and are currently working on a newer, more efficient and mobile-friendly version of the website. New memberships will become available again after website update in January. We thank you for your patience. In the meantime, please consider supporting us by donating so we can continue this work. No amount is too small.

We will always be grateful for the support you have given to us already. We could not have come this far without you. ~ TCF Team

[Annual Membership Benefits 2013-14]

Members-only Media Center where members can watch streaming videos of Tri-Centric performances including footage from 2011 Roulette concerts (please log in first to view content).

Next batch of 13 bootlegs which will be rolled out over the next several months starting on Sept. 1 (available to members only).

• 30% discount and advance purchase options for upcoming New Braxton House releases including 4 CD limited edition box set of Falling River Music with Anthony Braxton in trio with percussionists Tomas Fujiwara and Tom Rainey, and 12 CD limited edition box set of Diamond Curtain Wall Music with Braxton in duos with violinist Erica Dicker, vocalist Kyoko Kitamura and bassoonist Katie Young.

• Discount for 3-CD set of Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House Music being produced by our friends at Firehouse 12 Records.

And more…

August’s New Braxton House releases: Sextet (FRM) 2007 Vol. 1 & 2. Vol. 1 is free for monthly members, Vol. 2 is a la carte only.

On September 1st, the Tri-Centric Foundation and New Braxton House Records will be changing our membership model. Instead of offering monthly downloads, we will be producing limited edition box sets of newly recorded material that will be available in both physical and digital formats.

Therefore, instead of a monthly fee and receiving monthly downloads, members will be asked to make an annual contribution to TCF, which, in addition to supporting the ongoing work of the organization, will give TCF members a wealth of benefits including exclusive access to the next batch of digital bootlegs of historic Braxton concerts, a 30% discount and advance purchasing options on all physical and digital products, discounts to performances, and more.

All monthly memberships will be canceled on August 31st. Starting August 15th, we’ll be asking all current members who are interested in continuing to support TCF to switch over to the annual membership; the cost for an annual membership starts at $100/year, but existing members who sign up before September 1st will receive a 15% discount.

Annual membership now on sale for $100/year ($85/year for current members):

Annual Membership benefits for 2013-14 include:

* Members-only Media Center on the Tri-Centric Foundation website  where members can watch streaming videos of Tri-Centric performances including footage from 2011 Roulette concerts (scheduled for Sept.1).

* Next batch of 13 bootlegs which will be rolled out over the next several months starting on Sept. 1 (available to members only).

* 30% discount and advance purchase options for upcoming New Braxton House releases including 4 CD limited edition box set of Falling River Music with Anthony Braxton in trio with percussionists Tomas Fujiwara and Tom Rainey, and 12 CD limited edition box set of Diamond Curtain Wall Music with Braxton in duos with violinist Erica Dicker, vocalist Kyoko Kitamura and bassoonist Katie Young.

* 30% discount on all back catalog items.

* Discount for 3-CD set of Braxton’s Echo Echo Mirror House Music being produced by our friends at Firehouse 12 Records.

Concert events in the 2013-14 season include:

*  A two-week festival of Tri-Centric music at Roulette in Brooklyn in April 2014, headlined by the multi-media concert premiere of Braxton’s next opera Trillium J.

* Two nights of Tri-Centric music at Roulette in September 2013, featuring works by Braxton, Chris Jonas, Steve Lehman, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mark Taylor, and Ingrid Laubrock.

We are extremely excited about all of this upcoming activity, and hope we can count on your continued support not just as friendly experiencers, but as contributing members of the Tri-Centric family.

June releases: Quartet (FRM) 2007 Vol. 1 & 2. Vol. 1 is member download, Vol. 2 is a la carte only. With Anthony Braxton, Erica Dicker, Katie Young, Sally Norris.

Congratulations to our artistic director Anthony Braxton and the rest of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award recipients.

May download is Two Compositions (Orchestra) 2005, recorded during Anthony Braxton’s 60th Birthday Celebrations held at Wesleyan University.

Congratulations to our artistic director Anthony Braxton and the rest of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award recipients.

April member’s release is “Quartet/Quintet (NYC) 2011″ from the Tri-Centric Festival held at Roulette in 2011. Quartet is the Pine Top Aerial Music Quartet. Quintet is the Falling River Music Quintet. Logged-in monthly members can view the entire Pine Top Aerial performance video here: http://tricentricfoundation.org/pine-top-video-members-only/ (the video should work with all up-to-date browsers; if you notice a problem, please let us know at contact@tricentricfoundation.org).

March 2013 release now available: Trio (NYC) 2011 recorded at Roulette on October 6, 2011 with Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson. Tri-Centric Foundation will be back at Roulette again this April, presenting three new works for large ensemble by the composers Jason Kao Hwang, Nicole Mitchell and Kamala Sankaram during an evening entitled “Tri-Centric Orchestra – New Compositions (Brooklyn) 2013″,  info here.

Now available: Sax Quintet (New York) 1998, recorded live at the Knitting Factory on March 21, 1998.