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Anthony Braxton is an NEA Jazz Master

To his list of achievements and awards, Anthony Braxton may now add the 1994 MacArthur Fellowship: the so-called “genius” grant of (in his case) $300,000, awarded to individuals nominated for outstanding and original contributions to their field.

The timing of this crowning achievement couldn't be better for Braxton's most recent professional goals: he is the founding Artistic Director of the newly incorporated Tri-Centric Foundation, Inc., a New York-based not-for-profit corporation including an ensemble of some 38 musicians, four to eight vocalists, and computer-graphic video artists assembled to perform his compositions.

The ensemble's debut at New York's The Kitchen sold out the last and most of the first two of three nights, through the press excitement it generated; the reviews—in Down Beat and the Chicago Tribune (John Corbett), the Village Voice (Kevin Whitehead), and the New York Times (Jon Pareles)—ranged from positive to ecstatic.

Most importantly, the musical success of the event inspired Braxton to pursue the “three-day and -night” program concept for this ensemble, including lectures/informances, and splinter chamber performances, around the world.

The second New York event, indeed, expanded on the concept: The Knitting Factory presented six nights of Anthony Braxton and his music, in all the variety of its vision. The first night showcased the composer's solo alto saxophone playing; the second his treatments of jazz-traditional material, both as reeds player and pianist; the third, his music for solo piano, and for synthesizer and acoustic sextet; the fourth showcased his new “Ghost Trance” music for small-to-medium groups; and the fifth and sixth his large-ensemble music, including Composition 102, with giant puppets. As with The Kitchen, all six nights included a full house and enthusiastic response.

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Album Quartet (New Haven) 2014 by Anthony Braxton

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Firehouse 12 Records
2019

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Album Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio by Anthony Braxton

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Hat Hut Records
2018

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Album Sextet (Parker) 1993 by Anthony Braxton

Sextet (Parker) 1993

New Braxton House
2018

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Album Duo (DCWM) 2013 by Anthony Braxton

Duo (DCWM) 2013

Rogue Art
2017

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Album 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 by Anthony Braxton

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Firehouse 12 Records
2016

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