Tyondai Braxton performing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May 2012
|Birth name||Tyondai Adaien Braxton|
October 26, 1978 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Experimental Music, Post-Rock, Contemporary Music|
Tyondai Braxton (born October 26, 1978) is an American composer and performer. He has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively under various group titles and collectives since the mid-90s. Raised in Connecticut and Northern California, Braxton is the son of multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde composer and improviser Anthony Braxton. He studied composition at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut with Robert Carl, Ingram Marshall and Ken Steen. His signature "orchestrated loops" involve real-time overlaying of guitar, voice and found objects – designed to simulate an ensemble. Tyondai is also the former guitarist and vocalist of the avant-rock group Battles.
In late 2002, Braxton co-founded Battles, in which, until 2010, he performed as guitarist, keyboardist and singer. The group received worldwide acclaim for their debut album Mirrored (2007), which, among other honors and awards, was hailed by Time and Pitchfork Media as one of the ten best records of the year. The 16 month tour for the record brought the band to such venues as The Cartier Foundation Museum in Paris, The Fuji Rock Festival in Northern Japan, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia for Brian Enoʼs Luminous Festival.
Braxton’s Central Market was released worldwide by Warp Records in September 2009. The album (Braxton's second full length as a solo artist) features a large-scale orchestral score with performances by The Wordless Music Orchestra. The album's name is both a nod at Stravinsky's Petrushka (the fairytale-like bazaar that opens that ballet), as well as the worldwide market failings of the last several years.
Central Market was premiered by Tyondai and The Wordless Music Orchestra in the U.S at Lincoln Center followed by performances at the Library of Congress, and The Walker Arts Museum. It premiered in the U.K at Steve Reich's Reverberation Festival, Barbican Centre, in 2011 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing and was adapted for ballet by Baryshnikov Art Center-resident choreographer John Heginbotham.
Tyondai Braxton currently lives in New York City.
- Death Slug 2000  (2000) – with Jonathan Matis 
- History That Has No Effect (2002), JMZ
- Rise, Rise, Rise (2003), Narnack – split LP with Parts & Labor
- Central Market (2009), Warp
- EP C (Monitor Records; June 8, 2004)
- B EP (Dim Mak Records; September 14, 2004)
- EPC (Japan only special mix edition; Dotlinecircle; October 2004)
- EP C/B EP (Warp Records; February 6, 2006)
- Mirrored (Warp Records; May 14, 2007)
- Lives (Limited edition CD; Beat Records; September 27, 2007)
- Tonto+ (Warp Records; October 22, 2007)
- Warp20 (Chosen) (Warp Records; September 29, 2009)
- Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST (On "The Line"; Chop Shop Records; June 8, 2010)
- Fulfill The Dream (Old Italy Remix) (appears on "Interpretaciones del Oso"; Suicide Squeeze Records; February 20, 2007)
- Rubric Remix (appears on Rework_Philip Glass Remixed; Orange Mountain Music; October 23, 2012)
- Uffe's Woodshop
Bang on a Can
Written for the Bang on a Can All Stars. First half of TREMS had its World Premiere at The Barbican Centre in London on March 20, 2012 and its US Premiere at Lincoln Center in New York on April 28, 2012 as part of "Bang on a Can: 25 Years" alongside new pieces by Mira Calix, Nick Zammuto, Christian Marclay and others. The full work was premiered in New York at Merkin Concert Hall as a part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, commissioned by Chamber Music America
Alarm Will Sound
- FLY BY WIRE (for Chamber Orch+) premiered at and commissioned by Carnegie Hall on April 6, 2013.
Notable live performances
- Crossing Brooklyn Ferry @ BAM's Gilman Opera House / Brooklyn / May 4, 2012
- Mutek Music Festival / Mexico City / Oct 31, 2011
- Sonar Festival / Barcelona / June 16, 2011
- Taico Club Festival / Nagano / June 4, 2011
- Walt Disney Concert Hall / Los Angeles / April 16, 2012 with The Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Carnegie Hall / New York / April 6, 2012 with Alarm Will Sound
- Queen Elizabeth Hall / London / October 9, 2012 with The London Sinfonietta
- Barbican / London / May 7, 2011 w/ The BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Library of Congress / Washington DC / March 10, 2011 with The Wordless Music Orchestra
- Lincoln Center / New York / March 7, 2011 with The Wordless Music Orchestra
- Walker Arts Center / Minneapolis / March 4, 2011 with The Wordless Music Orchestra
- Duo Performance with Philip Glass @ All Tomorrow's Parties "I'll Be Your Mirror" / New York City / September 21, 2012
- New Composers Davidson Review March 2011 New York Magazine on the "New New York School" of Composers
- Tyondai Braxton discography at MusicBrainz
- Temp Hides Fun, Fulfilling Life From Rest Of Office Satirical Onion piece, featuring Ty as an intern