While it’s useful for consumers and musicians alike to have a citywide infrastructure that can support both a composer like Missy Mazzoli as well as a band like Buke and Gase (who also have a new single out), it can also, at times, feel rather exquisitely figured out before you get to the show. Or, put another way, precisely un-Whitman-like in its sense of being a matter of minds already settled, rather than engaged with in an active process of collective self-discovery. Braxton, though, isn’t in a totally figured-out place—nor does he report any pressure or hurry to get there.
This year's MATA Festival of young composers surprises with unusual instruments and immersive sound-worlds
“We wanted to represent the broadest possible picture of what’s happening now by young composers and to find things that you don’t typically hear,” said MATA’s Executive Director David T. Little during an interview on Wednesday. “We’ve succeeded if people who know this music really well are finding new things that they didn’t know about, new composers they hadn’t known about.”