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In Conversation: Anthony Braxton & Nathaniel Mackey

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 6:00 pm

The conversation between Anthony Braxton & Nathaniel Mackey has been cancelled. Mr. Braxton is delayed getting to Durham due to travel delays caused by the snow. We do, however, fully anticipate that Mr. Braxton & the Diamond Curtain Wall Quintet will make their performance on Friday, February 27 at Baldwin Auditorium.


In Conversation: Anthony Braxton & Nathaniel Mackey

— A Conversation with Anthony Braxton & Nathaniel Mackey —
Duke professor and acclaimed poet Nathaniel Mackey will talk with the legendary multi-instrumentalist and composer Anthony Braxton at The Pinhook (117 W. Main St.) . This conversation will explore the 1994 MacArthur Fellow and 2014 NEA Jazz Master’s wide-ranging career. Braxton plays with his Diamond Curtain Wall Quintet on Friday, February 27 at Baldwin Auditorium.


For more than four decades, the legendary multi-instrumentalist and composer Anthony Braxton has been a sonic innovator. With his Diamond Curtain Wall Quintet, the 1994 MacArthur Fellow and 2014 NEA Jazz Master combines intuitive improvisation with interactive electronics. The musicians in the ensemble react both to the evocative graphic notation of Braxton’s Falling River Music and to the unique and responsive electronic patches the composer designed using SuperCollider programming software.

In a program not for the faint of heart, Braxton will be joined for this concert by an ensemble of celebrated avant-garde musicians: Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet; Mary Halvorson, electric guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone; and Andrew Raffo Dewar, saxophones and clarinet. “Braxton’s music is made of wonder,” Jazz Times wrote of a recent Kennedy Center showcase. “Digital timbres rippled and blended with the players’ restlessly held long tones; for a while, the music was full of migrating nodes, slippery tension, and cinematic beauty.”

Thursday, February 26, 6 PM
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham
Free & open to the public

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