MacArthur “Genius Grant” Recipient Anthony Braxton Coming to UA

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Andrew Dewar, MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, composer, and saxophonist Anthony Braxton will spend a week at UA in spring 2015. Dewar was awarded a NEA “Art Works” grant that will partially fund Braxton’s weeklong-residency.

Saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton is a major figure of contemporary music, an NEA Jazz Master, and Professor Emeritus at Wesleyan University. His work spans a kaleidoscopic range of music, from jazz quartets to string quartets, operas, music for orchestra, electronic music, and even a piece for 100 tubas.

In addition to several performances with his professional ensemble (which includes Dr. Dewar), Braxton, during his residency at UA, will be working with Professor Chris Kozak’s jazz orchestra and Dr. Tim Feeney’s percussion ensemble in the School of Music. He will also perform with dance students of Professor Sarah Barry from the Department of Theatre and Dance. New College students will have the opportunity to interact with Braxton in a variety of settings.

“It should be a pretty remarkable week that will galvanize and inspire our community,” said Dr. Dewar.

Stay tuned for more information about Braxton’s visit.