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The iconoclastic composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton is one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of our time. Drawing upon a range of influences, from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen, his work examines core principles of improvisation and structural navigation, alongside innovation, spirituality, and intellectual investigation. Joining in a worldwide celebration of the polymath’s 75th birthday, the JACK Quartet and Either/Or perform a selection of his unparalleled body of works.



  • Composition No. 1 (1968)
  • Composition No. 17 (1971)
  • Composition No. 18 (1971)
  • Composition No. 40(O) (1975)
  • Composition No. 46 (1975)
  • Composition No. 101 (1981)
  • Composition No. 168 (1992) 
  • Composition No. 358 (2006) 

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Photo by Peter Gannushkin.