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Anthony Braxton/Tri-Centric in Amsterdam June 2 - 7
(Published: April 24, 2015)

Doek meets Tri-Centric: Improvisation & Composition
June 2-7, 2015
Bimhuis, Zaal 100 and other Amsterdam venues

From June 2 to June 7 in Amsterdam, the DOEK collective and Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric, two musician-run organizations which champion adventurous trans-idiomatic music, will join forces for the first time to produce a festival of six continuous days of performances, gathering musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. The festival will celebrate the June milestone birthdays of two masters, Anthony Braxton (turning 70 on June 4th) and Misha Mengelberg (80 on June 5th), but also celebrate the next generation of creative artists, with premiere compositions by many members of the two organizations including Eric Boeren, Taylor Ho Bynum, Kaja Draksler, James Fei, Ingrid Laubrock, Michael Moore and Carl Testa. Over the first five days of the festival, at Zaal 100 and the Bimhuis, twenty musicians (ten from each organization) will form a community of artists that will perform in shifting configurations each evening - exploring the evolving borders of composition, improvisation, and intuition.

The first two days of the festival, June 2 and 3, will start with open rehearsals during the day at Zaal 100 (http://zaal100.nl/) followed by concerts in the evening. Anthony Braxton himself will be giving a rare talk on June 2 at the Central Public Library. On June 4, the performance moves to the Bimhuis (http://bimhuis.nl/home) for an evening-long musical celebration of Anthony Braxton's birthday. The Anthony Braxton 10tet will perform, followed by a 20-piece large-ensemble featuring the full compliment of DOEK and Tri-Centric participants. The performances continue at the Bimhuis on June 5 with premieres from musicians in both organizations. Misha Mengelberg's birthday on June 6 will feature his works performed by musicians from both organizations as well as more premieres. The festival closes on June 7 with a bike tour and a closing party. (Full night-by-night details below.)

6-day festival passes are available for €55 at the Doek website http://www.doek.org/festival13-tickets/ (PayPal only). Single day advance tickets are available for Bimhuis events on June 4, 5, 6 at the Bimhuis website http://bimhuis.com/home. Same day tickets are available at the door each evening.

For all inquiries, please contact Carolyn Muntz by email at info@doek.org or by phone +31 6 54295950.

Doek festival website: http://www.doek.org/festival/

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Core Tri-Centric performers
Anthony Braxton: alto, sopranino, and soprano saxophones
Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet
Vincent Chancey: French horn
James Fei: alto and sopranino saxophones, clarinet, electronics
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Ingrid Laubrock: tenor and soprano saxophones
Tomeka Reid: cello
Brandon Seabrook: guitar, banjo
Carl Testa: double bass, electronics
Nate Wooley: trumpet

Core DOEK performers
Eric Boeren: cornet
Wilbert de Joode: double bass
John Dikeman: tenor sax, baritone sax
Kaja Draksler: piano
Onno Govaert: drums
Oscar Jan Hoogland: piano, electric clavichord
Michael Moore: alto sax, clarinet
Mary Oliver: violin, viola
Michael Vatcher: drums
Wolter Wierbos: trombone

Additional artists (June 7 only)
Yedo Gibson: reeds
Ab Baars: alto sax, clarinet, shakuhachi
Mikael Szafirowski: guitar
Gerri Jäger: drums
(plus more bike tour performers tba)

Full schedule - Doek Festival 2015

June 2: Zaal 100 http://zaal100.nl/ and Central OBA (Central Public Library) http://www.oba.nl/oba/english/central-library.html
Tickets concert: €10
Open rehearsals: free entry
Tickets Anthony Braxton talk: €10
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
12:00 - 13:30 open rehearsal at Zaal 100
14:30 - 16:00 open rehearsal at Zaal 100
16:00 Talk by Anthony Braxton at Centrale OBA (Central Public Library)
18:00 - 20:00 Indonesian vegetarian dinner for musicians and public at Zaal 100
20:30 Concert; discussions and interviews led by Kevin Whitehead at Zaal 100

June 3: Zaal 100 http://zaal100.nl/
Tickets concert: €10
Open rehearsals: free entry
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
12:00 - 13:30 open rehearsal
14:30 - 16:00 open rehearsal
18:00 - 20:00 Organic vegetarian dinner for musicians and public
20:30 Concert; discussions and interviews led by Kevin Whitehead

June 4: Bimhuis http://bimhuis.nl/home
Anthony Braxton birthday concert
Tickets: €25
20:30 Tri-Centric 10tet; Braxton piece for all 20 musicians
Concert preceded by talk on Anthony Braxton's music by Taylor Ho Bynum

June 5: Bimhuis http://bimhuis.nl/home
Tickets: €20
20:30 various size ensembles playing improvisations as well as premiere compositions by Eric Boeren, Kaja Draksler, Taylor Ho Bynum & Carl Testa.
Concert will be interspersed with interviews of musicians by Kevin Whitehead.

June 6: Bimhuis http://bimhuis.nl/home
Misha Mengelberg birthday concert
Tickets: €20
20:30 various size ensembles playing improvisations, interpretations of Misha Mengelberg pieces and premiere compositions from Michael Moore, James Fei & Ingrid Laubrock

June 7: Pianola Museum/Torpedo Theater/Het Perron
Amsterdam Real Book Bicycle Tour
Tickets: €5 per concert, €15 for tour. Limit of 80 places
14:00 - 17:00 Amsterdam Real Book Bicycle Tour - line-ups to be confirmed.
The Amsterdam Real Book bicycle tour will happen at 4 very small theaters in Amsterdam during the afternoon. It will be very intimate with a mini theatre piece and a solo performance of a Mengelberg composition in each venue. Venue information listed here: http://www.doek.org/festival13-venues/

June 7: Zaal 100 http://zaal100.nl/
Closing party
Free entry
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
18:00 - 20:00 Indonesian dinner
20:30 Yedo Gibson trio featuring Ab Baars - radical interpretations of Misha Mengelberg compositions
21:30 - late Doek and Tri-Centric DJ's.

More Information: http://www.doek.org/festival/

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