Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet
We would like, even during this extraordinary situation, for the Müpa Budapest audience to still be able to encounter the world's most outstanding and thrilling artists each evening - this time in their own homes. It is precisely for this reason that we have decided to unlock our media library for everyone over the weeks to come and - each night at the familiar times - open Müpa Budapest's virtual concert hall and auditoriums by providing access to a single unforgettable performance from past years.
One of the most daring musical pathfinders, Anthony Braxton has several connections to Hungary. Now nearing his 75th birthday, the multi-instrumentalist appeared at the 1984 Debrecen Jazz Days with Hungary's true ambassador of free jazz, György Szabados. A disc entitled Szabraxtondos and comprising material from the concert was even released. In 2004, they returned to the stage together at the Kanjiža Festival of Jazz and Improvisational Music, this time with Vladimir Tarasov on drums. The resulting recording is entitled Triotone.
The popularity of avant-garde and free jazz may has waned since it represented a reserved expression of many peoples' desire for freedom during the struggle for civil rights in the United States, but its cult figures, among them Braxton, continue to make music of relevance even today. Braxton can be heard on over 100 albums since the 1960s, on which he plays a wide array of rarely used wind instruments, unusually ranging from the deepest to the highest in register. During his university years he was an early member, together with fellow wind player Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Jack DeJohnette, of non-profit organisation the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which is still active to this day. In the 1970s he worked for a short time in the group Circle with Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul. Among those he has partnered are Kenny Wheeler, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Max Roach, Tete Montoliu and Hank Jones. As a composer, Braxton's ideas have been defined by Cage, Stockhausen, Boulez and Schoenberg. In his music to be heard here with his latest group, the Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet, a major role is assigned to computer-assisted composition.
This recording was made at a concert held at Müpa Budapest on 17 May 2015.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet:
alto, soprano and sopranino saxophone, electronicsAnthony Braxton
cornet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, trumpbone, sordino, conchTaylor Ho Bynum
electric guitar, effectsMary Halvorson
soprano and tenor saxophoneIngrid Laubrock