MUSIC FROM JAPAN WORKS INFORMATION


Composer Name: Anthony Braxton

Composition Name: Composition No. 166

Composition Date:                       1992 
Configuration:                         Trio
Featured Instrument:                   Yokobue
                                       Woodwinds
                                       Synthesizer-Computer
Japanese Instrument(s):                Y
Length:                                FLEX
Players:                               3
Commissioned by:                       Music From Japan
Version (Original/Revised):            O
MFJ Presented:                         Y

World Premiere Venue:                  The Kennedy Center
World Premiere City:                   Washington, D.C.
World Premiere Sponsor:                Music From Japan
World Premiere Date:                   3/19/92
World Premiere Performers:             M. Tosha, A. Braxton, R. Teitelbaum

Other Premiere Venue:                  The Asia Society
Other Premiere City:                   New York
Other Premiere Sponsor:                Music From Japan
Other Premiere Date:                   3/21/92
Other Premiere Performers:             M. Tosha, A. Braxton, R. Teitelbaum

MFJ Performance Information:
Venue:                                 The Japan America Theatre
City:                                  Los Angeles
Date:                                  
Performers:                            M. Tosha, A. Braxton, R. Teitelbaum
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           The Washington Post
Title:                                 Japan's Dualism in Sound
Author/Critic:                         Joseph McLellan
Publication Date:                      3/23/92
Reaction:                              Positive
Synopsis:                              "In...Composition No. 166...which had its first performance,
                                       Tosha showed how Japanese culture can interact creatively with
                                       other traditions."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           Los Angeles Times
Title:                                 Cultural Variety in 'Masters of Traditio
Author/Critic:                         Chris Pasles
Publication Date:                      3/27/92
Reaction:                              Positive
Synopsis:                              "The work is continuous but highly episodic, with several sec-
                                       tions creating a feeling of stasis or gravity-less, gaseous
                                       space."
Origin (American/Japanese):            A
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           The Japan Times
Title:                                 'Music from Japan' makes a hit in NY
Author/Critic:                         Marc Moses
Publication Date:                      4/5/92
Reaction:                              Positive
Synopsis:                              "...its loose, angular form was well-suited to the unusual
                                       instrumentation."
Origin (American/Japanese):            J
Article/Review:                        R

Publication:                           Coda
Title:                                 Apple Source
Author/Critic:                         Kevin Whitehead
Publication Date:                      8/92
Reaction:                              Negative
Synopsis:                              "In performance [it] drew [yokobue player] Tosha closer to his
                                       world than he bent toward Tosha's - a surprise, considering how
                                       ...shakuhachi has come out in one or two of his...alto pieces."
Origin (American/Japanese):            O

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