Ghost Trance septet @ Madame Fortuna, Antwerpen


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Anna Jalving, violin
Steven Delannoye, sax
Niel van Huuren, tuba
Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, guitar
Elisa Medinilla, piano
Teun Verbruggen, drums
Frederik Sakham, bass

Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music

Balancing between notation and improvisation, Anthony Braxton’s “Ghost Trance Music” represent a unique body of “open works” that challenges traditional roles of composer, score and performer. In “Ghost Trance Music” Braxton’s entire fascinating musical universe comes together. You step into a ritual, guided by a melody without beginning or end, a stream of consciousness that serves as the central track leading you into the unknown. Originally inspired by the Native American practice of the Ghost Dance ritual, where surviving members of Native American tribes would attempt to communicate with their ancestors through transcendental ghost dances, the Ghost Trance Music pieces are specifically designed to function as pathways between Braxton’s different musical systems, between notation and improvisation, between past, present and future. It allows for a plurality of musical practices to join forces, transcending traditional genre boundaries. It creates an arena in which Braxton helps curate intuitive experiences for both performers and listeners.