Airing on Feb 28, 2021 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern Time.
Guest Anthony Branker - Season 3 Episode 3
Dr. Anthony Branker’s work as a composer, educator, scholar, conductor, and performer has been featured on international stages around the world, including Brazil, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, Italy, Estonia and Denmark, as well as throughout the United States. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in jazz studies at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts where he leads graduate seminars in Jazz Historiography, Jazz Composition & Arranging, and directs the Avant Garde Ensemble. Previously, Dr. Branker was a member of the faculty at Princeton University for 27 years, where he held an endowed chair in jazz studies, was founding director of the program in jazz studies, and associate director of the program in musical performance until his retirement in 2016. He also served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre and was a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Hunter College of the City of New York, and Ursinus College.
As an educator and researcher, Anthony has pursued pedagogical directions and has designed spaces of learning where students can work in self-directed, democratic, and collaborative ways while contributing to their own learning and music-making.
As a conductor, Dr. Branker has worked with such artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Oliver Lake, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Conrad Herwig, Orrin Evans, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson, Steve Nelson, and Antonio Hart. He has conducted trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s Grammy Award-Winning score for A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) featuring Mr. Blanchard and His Quintet along with orchestra; Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian 200 – A Gospel Celebration for choir and big band; and has collaborated with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and conductors Wycliffe Gordon, Loren Schoenberg, and Cecil Bridgewater on joint big band performances of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s The Far East Suite and Ellington’s The New Orleans Suite at McCarter Theatre in Princeton.
As a composer, Anthony has recorded for Origin Records and Sons of Sound Records and has eight albums as a leader. In 2014 & 2015, he was named in Down Beat magazine’s 62nd & 63rd Annual International Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Composer.” His most recent CD release, Beauty Within (Origin), features saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda May Han Oh, drummer Rudy Royston, and guitarist Pete McCann.
About This Series:
The driving purpose of the show is to bring to the world an understanding of the power of conscious music, sounds of coherence, and the intention behind it. Dr. Kathleen shares her brilliance as a music futurist, musician, researcher, and teacher. She shares conversations from the heart with invited scientists, doctors, healers, musicians and luminaries who join her on the show.
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