Anthony Braxton
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Composer Portraits

For over twenty years, Miller's flagship series has fostered the creation of new work, served as an incubator...

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Composer Portraits: Anthony Braxton

The iconoclastic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator Anthony Braxton, who will turn 75 years...

Composer Portraits

Anthony Braxton

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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.

Read the Q&A with Melissa Smey about this Portrait by writer Lara Pellegrinelli


  • 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.