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Anthony Braxton Hosts Tri-Centric Series at Roulette, Featuring His Four-Act Opera 'Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables)'

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Feb 11, 2014 03:30 PM EST

April will surely be a busy month for Anthony Braxton, what with several performances at Roulette (a favored venue, indeed) in Brooklyn.

First, the recent NEA-winning saxophonist will host the Tri-Centric Presenting Series with the Trillium Chamber Players as they perform Composition No. 46 with the James Fei Ensemble on Thursday, April 10.

The series will also feature Braxton's Composition No. 146 with the Nate Wooley Ensemble (another favorite here, yes) on Friday, April 11, as well as Braxton's own Falling River Music Nonet alongside the Fay Victor Ensemble on Saturday, April 12.

And if that weren't enough numbered compositions for you, the following weekend will see Braxton conducting his four-act opera Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) in semi-staged, multi-media concerts framed by 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists and a full orchestra.

His "opera complex" of autonomous one-act settings plays to Braxton's fundamental notions of systemic logic--meaning his rigid formula for establishing "operatic" narrative is not to be taken lightly.

Trillium J runs over a three-night stint at Roulette, starting on April 17 at 8 p.m. and finishing with a double-header on April 19 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Here is but an excerpt (i.e. "Trillium E") from 2010 to whet your free senses...

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TagsAnthony Braxton, Roulette, opera complex, Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), The Trillium Chamber Players, James Fei Ensemble, Falling River Music Nonet, The Fay Victor Ensemble, Nate Wooley

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