Originally inspired by the Native American practice of the Ghost Dance ritual, where surviving members of Native American tribes would attempt to communicate with their ancestors through transcendental ghost dances, the Ghost Trance Music pieces are specifically designed to function as pathways between Braxton’s different musical systems. It allows for a plurality of musical practices to join forces, transcending traditional genre boundaries. It creates an arena in which Braxton helps curate intuitive experiences for both performers and listeners.
Kobe Van Cauwenberghe developed a set-up of loops and live electronics as part of his research, in order to explore the full extend of Ghost Trance Music in a solo-context. He performs some of these pieces live.
Want to know more? Kobe Van Cauwenberghe gives an introduction to this concert at 12:30.