Tyondai Braxton Brings HIVE to the Guggenheim

Tyondai Braxton unveiled his ambitious performance-installation piece HIVE to a sold-out crowd at the Guggenheim Museum.

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Tyondai Braxton debuted his adventurous new multimedia project, HIVE, at the Guggenheim Museum.
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HIVE is part installation, part band and features these five massive pod-like platforms that were designed and built by Danish architect and carpenter Uffe Surland Van Tams.
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Five musicians (Braxton, Ben Vida, Yuri Yamashita, Jared Soldiviero, and John Ostrowski) sat cross legged on top of these pods and unveiled new avantgarde compositions that filled the reverberant Guggenheim rotunda.
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The hall felt as though it was transformed into the set of some 1960s sci-fi film, complete with glowing blue and green lights.
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The curves of the museum were perfectly complimentary to the circular pods at the building's base.
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From above, you can see the sold-out crowd kept a distance of a few feet from the pods. The sheer size of each unit commanded a certain respect that no one dared broach.
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Braxton, tweaking knobs on his control surface, upon his pod.
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View from an upper level, with Gutai's centerpiece "Water" draped through the void.
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Within their pods, the musicians created and collaborated with one another as well as the space as a whole.
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Percussion was a centerpiece of the performance, with three dedicated percussionists driving the compositions forward.
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Braxton on his pod.
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Braxton turning knobs.
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Audiences took advantage of the variety of vantage points in the museum to enjoy the piece, moving from level to level.
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The Guggenheim proved a stunning venue for HIVE, both visually and acoustically.
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It felt as though Braxton and his group were creating music specific to the environment, enveloping the space with complex soundscapes that captivated the crowd.
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HIVE was a perfect musical match to the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum, it will be interesting to see where Braxton takes the performance next.
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