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Anthony Braxton residency in Tuscaloosa

Saxophonist and composer at The University of Alabama next month ahead of his 70th birthday

The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa is to host a week long residency next month by Anthony Braxton, in advance of the saxophonist and composer’s 70th birthday in June.

Taking place under the auspices of the university’s Sonic Frontiers concert series, the residency will comprise an exhibition of Braxton’s graphic scores, a solo saxophone recital, and a series of performances by a number of his current ensembles, including Falling River Music Septet, Diamond Curtain Wall Music Quintet and Diamond Curtain Wall Music Electroacoustic Quintet, as well as the premiere of his Pinetop Aerial Music compositional system for musicians and dancers, and excerpts from his opera Trillium.

According to Andrew Raffo Dewar, artistic director of the Sonic Frontiers series, “The residency will be Braxton's first project of this scale in the southern United States, and one of the largest retrospectives of his work ever produced.” The concert series takes place between 18–25 February, while the exhibition of graphic scores runs from 6–27 February. As with previous Sonic Frontiers concerts, entrance to all events in the programme is free and open to the general public. More details here.