Trillium E

by Anthony Braxton

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Trillium E is the first-ever studio recording of a Braxton opera, and documents a surreal and witty installment in Braxton’s ongoing Trillium cycle. Available as a four-disc box set in both physical and digital forms, it includes a 72-page booklet with libretto, photos, and critical essays. Each of Trillium E’s four acts features a different episode: a genie in a bottle, the invention of human cloning, interplanetary space travel, and the exploration of a jungle pyramid. The performers on Trillium E have been heard with major opera companies (New York City Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of San Diego); top avant-garde performance groups (Philip Glass Ensemble, Wooster Group, Darmstadt Institute); grassroots arts collectives (HERE Theater, Anti-Social Music); and collaborations with legendary jazz and improvised music figures.

ABOUT THE TRILLIUM CYCLE

Trillium E forms part of a cycle of interconnected operas that will ultimately comprise thirty-six one-act works, to be presented in various combinations. Prior to Trillium E (which has not been staged), three of Braxton’s operas have been performed: Trillium A (one act), Trillium M (two acts), and Trillium R (four acts). Both Trillium M and Trillium R resulted in live CDs, with Trillium R released by the previous incarnation of Braxton’s label, “Braxton House.” Since 2000, Braxton has completed Trillium E and Trillium J, both four acts, and is currently at work composing Trillium X. Two acts from Trillium J were performed in October 2011 at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Festival. Each act is split into two tracks for the listener’s convenience, but they are intended to be heard continuously, without interruption. Trillium E forms part of a cycle of interconnected operas that will ultimately comprise thirty-six one-act works, to be presented in various combinations. Prior to Trillium E (which has not been staged), three of Braxton’s operas have been performed: Trillium A (one act), Trillium M (two acts), and Trillium R (four acts). Both Trillium M and Trillium R resulted in live CDs, with Trillium R released by the previous incarnation of Braxton’s label, “Braxton House.” Since 2000, Braxton has completed Trillium E and Trillium J, both four acts, and is currently at work composing Trillium X. Two acts from Trillium J were performed in October 2011 at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Festival. Each act is split into two tracks for the listener’s convenience, but they are intended to be heard continuously, without interruption. Trillium E forms part of a cycle of interconnected operas that will ultimately comprise thirty-six one-act works, to be presented in various combinations. Prior to Trillium E (which has not been staged), three of Braxton’s operas have been performed: Trillium A (one act), Trillium M (two acts), and Trillium R (four acts). Both Trillium M and Trillium R resulted in live CDs, with Trillium R released by the previous incarnation of Braxton’s label, “Braxton House.” Since 2000, Braxton has completed Trillium E and Trillium J, both four acts, and is currently at work composing Trillium X. Two acts from Trillium J were performed in October 2011 at Roulette during the Tri-Centric Festival. Each act is split into two tracks for the listener’s convenience, but they are intended to be heard continuously, without interruption.

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released October 11, 2011

Conductor: Anthony Braxton
Assistant conductor, vocal conductor: Taylor Ho Bynum
Assistant conductor: Matthew Welch

Vocals:
Kamala Sankaram: coloratura soprano as 'Helena'
Anne Rhodes: coloratura soprano as 'Sundance'
Jen Shyu: soprano as 'Shala'
Kyoko Kitamura: soprano as 'Ntzockie'
Elizabeth Saunders: mezzo soprano as 'Alva'
Fay Victor: mezzo soprano as 'Kim'
Nick Hallett: tenor as 'David'
Richard Harper: tenor as 'Ojuwain'
Wesley Chinn: baritone voc) as 'Joreo'
Chris DiMeglio baritone as 'Bubba John Jack'
Michael Douglas Jones: bass as 'Zakko'
Stan Scott: bass as 'Ashmenton'

Instrumental soloists:
Nicole Mitchell: piccolo
Leah Paul: flute
Salim Washington: oboe
Dave Kadden: english horn
Matt Bauder: clarinet
Oscar Noriega: alto clarinet
John Sinton: bass clarinet
Dan Blake: soprano sax
Dan Voss: alto sax
Nate Wooley: trumpet
Reut Regev: trombone
Jay Rozen: tuba

Tri-Centric Orchestra:
Michel Gentile, Nicole Mitchell, Leah Paul: flute
Christa Robinson, Salim Washington: oboe
Katie Scheele, Dave Kadden: english horn
Jason Mears, Matt Bauder, Dan Blake: clarinet
Oscar Noriega: alto clarinet
John Sinton, Mike McGinnis: bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Sara Schoenbeck, Brad Balliet: bassoon
Katie Young: contrabassoon
Mark Taylor: french horn
Gareth Flowers, Nate Wooley: trumpet
Dan Blacksberg, Reut Regev: trombone
Sam Kulik: bass trombone
Jay Rozen: tuba
Chris Dingman, Tyshawn Sorey: percussion
Cory Smythe: piano
Shelley Burgon: harp
Erica Dicker, Sarah Bernstein, Olivia De Prato, Jason Kao Hwang, Sylvia Ryerson, Andie Springer, Skye Steele, Mazz Swift: violin
Jessica Pavone, Amy Cimini, Brian Thompson: viola
Tomas Ulrich, Tomeka Reid, Shanda Wooley: cello
Ken Filiano, Kris Saebo, Carl Testa: bass

Composed by Anthony Braxton, Synthesis Music (BMI)
Producer: Taylor Ho Bynum for the Tri-Centric Foundation
Executive producers: Anthony Braxton and Nick Lloyd
Recorded March 18 – 22, 2010, at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Recording producer, engineer, mixing and mastering: Jon Rosenberg
Assistant producers: Amy Crawford and Kyoko Kitamura
Systems Two staff and assistant engineers: Joe Marciano, Nancy Marciano and Max Ross

Catalog #: NBH901

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