The Tri-Centric Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the ongoing work and legacy of Anthony Braxton while also cultivating and inspiring the next generation of creative artists to pursue their own visions with the kind of idealism and integrity Braxton has demonstrated throughout his distinguished career.

The term “Tri-Centric” derives from Braxton’s three-volume collection of philosophical investigations, The Tri-Axium Writings. Braxton believes creative thinking cannot be reduced to dichotomies, but must embrace multiple perspectives. For instance, music is not only composed or improvised, but also includes intuition. We must not only consider the past and the present, but also the future. It is not always this or that, it is often the other.

Tri-Centric exists to vigorously advocate for the crucial role risk-taking art plays in maintaining the health and vibrancy of our culture. Through a commitment to innovation, self-sufficiency, and artistic ambition, the organization looks to create a new model of artist empowerment and offer a supportive community to those in pursuit of “trans-idiomatic” creativity. 

Board & Staff

Artistic Director: Anthony Braxton (Middletown, CT)

Executive Director: Kyoko Kitamura (Brooklyn, NY)
Director of Publishing: Carl Testa (New Haven, CT)
Organizational Consultant: Jeanette Vuocolo (Brooklyn, NY)

James Fei (Oakland, CA), president
Chris Jonas (Santa Fe, NM), vice president
Jon Piper (Chicago, IL), secretary
Jean Cook (Brooklyn, NY), treasurer