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    Tyondai Braxton Releases "Oranged Out" EP to Benefit Everytown for Gun Safety

    Tyondai Braxton, who made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of HIVE1 last year, has released a new five-song EP, Oranged Out, via Bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want download, with proceeds supporting the work of Everytown for Gun Safety. A video for the title track, by Grace Villamil, also premiered today and may be seen below. Braxton will mark the release of the EP with a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on July 22. He also has a number of European dates, with more to be announced. For all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Oranged Out is a collection of tracks from or near the time Braxton was working on HIVE1. Written and recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the EP includes solo electronic works, as well as pieces that were originally conceived for HIVE, a performance work Braxton debuted at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Braxton spoke with Bandcamp about the EP and the connection to Everytown; you can read the interview here.

    Following its New York premiere, HIVE was performed at the Sydney Opera House, the MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania, and London's Barbican Centre as part of Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary celebration. The piece was created as a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own mushroom-shaped pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls.

    Praised by the Washington Post as "one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade," Braxton has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively, under various group titles, since the mid-1990s. He is the former front man of experimental rock band Battles, whose debut album Mirrored was both a critical and commercial success. Since departing Battles in 2010, Braxton has focused on composing music for HIVE, as well as composing commissioned pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, he collaborated with Philip Glass during the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival. He has also performed his orchestral work Central Market with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and New York's Wordless Music Orchestra.

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Tyondai Braxton Releases "Oranged Out" EP to Benefit Everytown for Gun Safety

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Tyondai Braxton has released a new five-song EP, Oranged Out, via Bandcamp, proceeds from which will support the work of Everytown for Gun Safety. A video for the title track, by Grace Villamil, may be seen here. Braxton will mark the release with a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on July 22. He also has a number of European dates, with more to be announced. Oranged Out EP is a collection of tracks from or near the time Braxton was working on his Nonesuch debut album, HIVE1.

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Tyondai Braxton, who made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of HIVE1 last year, has released a new five-song EP, Oranged Out, via Bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want download, with proceeds supporting the work of Everytown for Gun Safety. A video for the title track, by Grace Villamil, also premiered today and may be seen below. Braxton will mark the release of the EP with a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on July 22. He also has a number of European dates, with more to be announced. For all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Oranged Out is a collection of tracks from or near the time Braxton was working on HIVE1. Written and recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the EP includes solo electronic works, as well as pieces that were originally conceived for HIVE, a performance work Braxton debuted at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Braxton spoke with Bandcamp about the EP and the connection to Everytown; you can read the interview here.

Following its New York premiere, HIVE was performed at the Sydney Opera House, the MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania, and London's Barbican Centre as part of Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary celebration. The piece was created as a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own mushroom-shaped pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls.

Praised by the Washington Post as "one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade," Braxton has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively, under various group titles, since the mid-1990s. He is the former front man of experimental rock band Battles, whose debut album Mirrored was both a critical and commercial success. Since departing Battles in 2010, Braxton has focused on composing music for HIVE, as well as composing commissioned pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, he collaborated with Philip Glass during the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival. He has also performed his orchestral work Central Market with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and New York's Wordless Music Orchestra.

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