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Jazzfest Berlin – Sonic Genome

  • Gropius Bau Berlin Germany (map)

For the opening of Jazzfest Berlin 2019, Anthony Braxton and Tri-Centric, in conjunction with Jazzfest Berlin, will present Braxton’s Sonic Genome at the Gropius Bau Museum in Berlin. In its third-ever iteration here in Berlin, the transatlantic cooperation will feature 14 musicians from Braxton’s closest circle, 39 musicians from Berlin’s diverse scene (including members of the Echtzeitmusik scene, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Trickster Orchestra and KIM Collective) and six members of the Australian Art Orchestra that will be prepared in a three-day workshop. A dozen small groups, directed by members of Braxton’s circle, freely navigate a passel of his compositions (up to 450) and improvisational language known as “Ghost Trance Music”, shifting between works and reacting to or ignoring the output of nearby groupings, over a six-hour period. Members of subgroups fracture and reform like recombinant organisms, congregate as small cells or as a big ensemble, moving around the huge space of the Gropius Bau, perpetually forming new communities, while listeners make their own choices, traversing the space to hear new or blended configurations.