Braxton Honored at Tri-Centric Foundation Benefit Show

Olivia DrakeJune 28, 20101min

Anthony Braxton, professor of music was honored at the “Tri-Centric Modeling: Past, Present and Future” benefit concerts June 18-19 in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn, N.Y. Braxton joined the performance at points, playing with his former students Taylor Ho Bynum ’98, James Fei ’99, Mary Halvorson ’02, and Chris Jonas ’99. Proceeds from the concerts benefited the nonprofit Tri-Centric Foundation, set up to archive Braxton’s work and perpetuate his exuberant legacy.

Braxton performed excerpts from his new opera, “Trillium E,” which featured a cross-section of past and present collaborators, including pianist Marilyn Crispell, drummer Gerry Hemingway and cornetist Ho Bynum.

In a June 10 New York Times article, Braxton was described as “the indefatigably ambitious multireedist and composer (who) has exerted a powerful influence on the American avant-garde of the last 35 years.”