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Anthony Braxton's Falling River Music

Jez Nelson presents a concert in which composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton plays with his Falling River Music quartet in a 400-year-old former pig barn in Austria.

Prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton performs with his Falling River Music quartet, at a 400-year-old former pig barn in Austria!
Braxton - a pioneer of avant-garde and improvised music - is well known for challenging traditional compositional methods with approaches such as graphic scores and instructions left open to the performers' interpretation. Falling River Music is the composer's latest system, and Braxton - performing on alto and soprano saxophones - is joined by three stars from the younger generation of New York's experimental scene: cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Jazz on 3 trekked all the way to the tiny Austrian town of Ulrichsberg to record a stunning gig, in addition to which Braxton and his group explain the visual references and directions they use to create the music.

First broadcast in January 2013

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • New CD Release

    • Wayne Shorter Quartet

      Plaza Real

      Composer: Wayne Shorter

      • Without A Net.
      • Blue Note.
  • ANTHONY BRAXTON’S FALLING RIVER MUSIC QUARTET, RECORDED AT JAZZATELIER, ULRICHSBERG ON 11 OCTOBER 2012.

    • Untitled

      Line-up: Anthony Braxton (baritone, tenor, alto & soprano saxes, bass clarinet); Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax.); Mary Halvorson (guitar); Taylor Ho-Bynum (trumpet, cornet, bass trumpet, flugelhorn)

  • Anthony Braxton

    Falling River Music

    Composer: Anthony Braxton

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