ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton (born 1945), the Chicago-born composer and multi-instrumentalist, is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years. He is highly esteemed in the experimental music community for the revolutionary quality of his work and for the mentorship and inspiration he has provided to generations of younger musicians. Drawing upon a disparate mix of influences from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Braxton has created a unique musical system that celebrates the concept of global creativity and our shared humanity. His work examines core principles of improvisation, structural navigation and ritual engagement - innovation, spirituality, and intellectual investigation.
From his early work as a pioneering solo performer in the late 1960s through to his eclectic experiments on Arista Records in the 1970s, his landmark quartet of the 1980s, and more recent endeavors, such as his cycle of Trillium operas and the day-long, installation-based Sonic Genome Project, his vast body of work is unparalleled. His small ensembles of the 1970s through to the present day are considered among the most innovative groups of their respective eras, while his Creative Orchestra Music has brought together the varying streams of American jazz orchestras, marching bands, and experimental practices with the traditions of European concert music in a wholly individual compositional voice. His continuing and evolving current systems of the past 15 years, including Ghost Trance Music, Diamond Curtain Wall Music, Falling River Music, Echo Echo Mirror House Music, and ZIM Music, have served as the artistic incubators for some of the most exciting artists of the current generation. Braxton’s many awards include a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1994 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2014 NEA Jazz Master Award, and honorary doctorates from Université de Liège (Belgium) and New England Conservatory (USA).
Executive Director: Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation – through musical composition, performance, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing, and advocacy. He has been one of Anthony Braxton's closest collaborators for almost two decades, producing and performing on most of Braxton’s recent major projects, and has been the executive director of the Tri-Centric Foundation since its 2010 relauch. He is also the director of the jazz and creative music ensembles at Dartmouth College.
Director of Communications: Kyoko Kitamura
Kyoko Kitamura is a vocal improviser, bandleader and composer, most recently known for her work with Anthony Braxton. Prior to re-entering the music scene in New York City, she had a career as a television journalist and a magazine writer. She has been working with Tri-Centric since 2010, handling production and publicity. Kitamura is also the director of the Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble.
Director of Publishing and TechnologY: Carl Testa
Carl Testa is a multi-instrumentalist and composer at the intersection of improvised, electronic, experimental music, and new media. In addition to his work as a leader/collaborator, he performs regularly with composer Anthony Braxton's ensembles. He serves as the Director of Publishing and Creative Technology for Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation where he manages all facets of the production of digital and print scores for the organization.
Organizational Consultant: Jeanette Vuocolo
Jeanette Vuocolo is contemporary arts producer who has enjoyed serving artists, organizations and community for the past 30 years. She began at the Cortland Arts Council in rural upstate New York and moved to New York to work at The Kitchen. She has built programs for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Connecticut College, the New York Foundation for the Arts and Chamber Music America, and has produced independent projects include the Digi-Presenter Primer (a NYSCA Presenting Program initiative), the NY premiere of Three Willies, an opera by Leroy Jenkins and Homer Jackson, and “2/4/THREE” with Vincent Chancey and Newman Taylor Baker.