“I don’t think there’s a more exciting contemporary composer.” – The Free Jazz Collective
Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and electronic musician who has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively since the mid-1990s. Braxton incorporates electronic and modern orchestral elements into his music, which ranges in scale from solo pieces to large-scale symphonic works. The former frontman of experimental rock band Battles, he has focused on his own work since 2010, including his critically acclaimed album Central Market, which has been performed by world-renowned orchestras such as London Sinfonietta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and HIVE, a multimedia project for three percussionists and two modular synthesizer performers which premiered at the Guggenheim in NYC. Braxton has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles such as The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra, The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Third Coast Percussion. He has worked in collaboration with the likes of legendary composer Philip Glass as a duo and iconic visual artist Thomas Demand at the 2017 Venice Biennale. In 2022 Braxton released Telekinesis, the recording of his work for orchestra, choir and electronics with Metropolis Ensemble, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and The Crossing.