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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 8:00pm

Tyondai Braxton

ANW 15th Anniversary Season Kickoff

Tyondai Braxton, modular synthesizer + samples

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present Tyondai Braxton in a very special solo (modular synthesizer and samples) performance. Braxton will be performing pieces from HIVE1, his first album in six years and his Nonesuch Records debut.

Tyondai Braxton's dense compositions straddle the worlds of avant-garde composition, rock, and electronica. The son of iconoclastic composer and alto saxophonist, Anthony Braxton, Tyondai is best known as a founding member of the experimental rock group Battles (along with Helmet’s John Stanier, Don Cabellero’s Ian Williams, and Lynx’s David Konopka). His latest recording, HIVE1 (Nonesuch, 2015) began as a Guggenheim Museum-commissioned piece for modular synthesizer and acoustic percussion ensemble. The New York Times described the performance as moving from "wary collaboration to moody, alienated second thoughts to wholehearted, walloping, overwhelming unity." Since departing Battles in 2010, Braxton has focused on composing music for HIVE, as well as composing commissioned pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, he collaborated with Philip Glass during the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival. He has also performed his orchestral work Central Market with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and New York’s Wordless Music Orchestra.

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen, Buchla Music Easel

Philadelphia-based Charles Cohen has been recognized internationally for his pioneering work in synthesizer-centered improvisational electronic music. Influenced by free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, Cohen's focus has been on improvisation in the live performance space, currently performing as half of the ensemble Color is Luxury. A 2011 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts grant, Cohen is one of the few musicians in the world who have mastered the Buchla Music Easel, which has been his primary instrument since the early 1970s. A retrospective of his earlier works was released on Morphine Records in late 2013.