Brotzmann’s Breathing

Brotzmann’s playing is a breathing based cycle that focuses on the violence and energy that sound requires as it ruptures out of silence. Each phrase starts with his breath, which is more powerful than the instrument. The diaphragm pulls the air in, sound can’t start on an exhale, which creates the first and most important fissure in the silence. Then the exhale, the diaphragm pushing out, modulating the saxophone, which is a technical amplification of his breath sound. The air, exhausted, retreats again as the silence re-incorporates, with a final push (gasp) the mouth breaks the seal with the instrument and the cycle begins again.

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