Anthony Braxton, composer, multi-instrumentalist and true giant of creative music, in 50 years of career and with more than 300 albums in his name as part of the most diverse line-ups, had never played in an instrumental duo with a harp; it is what AngelicA festival suggested to him for his return to Bologna in 2018, which followed his concert in a duo with Richard Teitelbaum in 2006; the suggestion was well received by the musician, and the festival set up the evening to be not just a fleeting encounter, but to also be professionally recorded in view of a potential future release and the result is indeed the CD Duo (Bologna) 2018.
Expressing himself through a wide range of mediums, from solos to large orchestras to multimedia projects, and drawing inspiration from a broad range of influences, from John Coltrane to Karlheinz Stockhausen, through decades of career Anthony Braxton has created a unique music system which celebrates the concept of global creativity and shared humanity, and which, in his own words, originates from “a research on composition, a synthesis between the concept of jazz improvisation and the complexity of contemporary classical music”.
Jacqueline Kerrod, of South-African origins, has performed as part of prestigious classic-contemporary line-ups like Modern Ensemble, Talea Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound but has also experience of participating in “pop” projects as one half of the voice and harp duo Addi & Jacq. Since 2016 she has taken part in Braxton’s projects such as the opera Trillium J, the 12+1 ensemble and the sextet ZIM Music, proving to be the ideal partner for this venture where different worlds meet – to the extent that the duo born at AngelicA festival is still in high demand at numerous other festivals to this date.
1. Composition 189 - primary 10:56
2. Composition 189 - secondary 1 29:01
3. Composition 189 - secondary 2 09:11
4. Composition 189 - secondary 3 06:54
5. Composition 189 - secondary 4 (encore) 03:22