At the beginning of March, the Tri-Centric Foundation lunched their new website. The aim of Anthony Braxton’s noneprofit organization is promotion of works of this avantgarde American composer whose discography contains more than 100 releases.
In 1994 Braxton was honored with the MacArthur Fellowship, the so called genius grant of $300.000 in his case, which is given to people who made exceptional contribution to their field.
Right after founding the Tri-Centric Foundation Braxton introduced the same named ensemble of 38 musicians at two sold out nights of three, at New York’s The Kitchen. Magazines and newspapers beginning with Downbeat and Chicago Tribune, over Village Voice to New York Times prized the performanse more than just pozitive – the reactions went from great to ecstatic.
Braxton himself is the artistic director of the foundation whose website (tricentricfoundation.org) is considered the most comprehensive database of American composers. Its online label New Braxton House offers free downloads of Brexton’s music including rare recordings of this artist and a 4CDBox Trillium E (first studio recording of one of Braxton’s operas).
At its first year the website had few ten thousands of visits from more then 90 countries and almost 10.000 downloads. To mark the launch of the new and improved website, the foundation is offering a free download of 13 rare Anthony Braxton albums ranging from solo to orchestra, recorded between 1975 and 1989. This month’s New Braxton House release is (Iridium) 2007 Volume 1 documenting Braxton’s four night run at New York’s Iridium.
The Tri-Centric Foundation besides supporting works of this great composer, saxophone, clarinet and piano player intends to inspire and encourage new generation of creative artists to keep their idealism and integrity as Braxton promoted them from the beginning of his carreer. For more information visit the Tri-Centric Foundation website.