Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quintet
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Anthony Braxton (67) is one of those hard-to-pin-down, modern and rebellious masters of music, who has been on the scene since the 1960s. First with the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) in Chicago, later as a free improviser and composer. Braxton created his own musical galaxy, his giant oeuvre is thoroughly documented on record and CD.
In 1985 he played at Jazz Middelheim with trombonist George Lewis and bassist Mark Dresser, and provided an intriguing set of free jazz. Braxton is from Chicago, where he went to school with Jack DeJohnette and Roscoe Mitchell, who later became a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Anthony Braxton has always had an eclectic taste, nourishing himself on various musical sources. His music draws inspiration from John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy, but also from cool jazz veterans like Paul Desmond and Warne Marsh. His music is also defined by 20th century iconoclasts such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage. His work ranges from solo albums, like ‘For Alto’, to grand orchestral and colossal projects. His work ‘For Four Operas’ requires more instrumentation than a Wagner opera.
Braxton created his own world of myths, in which African sources and science fiction play a significant role. His music can be brittle, fierce and even incredibly complex. Braxton, who wrote hundreds of pieces, has collaborated with a range of experimental musicians from across the globe; his work has been an inspiration to John Zorn, pianist Marilyn Crispel and to the European avant-gardists.
Long-time member of Braxton’s band is Taylor Ho Bynum. Ho Bynum is a very flexible musician, playing the cornet with relentless passion and an impressive range of tone colours.