Night at the museum, Torino Jazz Festival

May 28th, 2015, the Torino Jazz Festival opens at the Museum of Egyptology with Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome. 23:30, as we arrive, a group of musicians joins us on the escalator, playing fragments of music, repeated patterns. It’s hard to tell if they are warming up or if the performance has already started. We all end up on the top floor, our steps guided by the sounds.

Saxophonist in escalator Turin Jazz festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
On the escalator

Jazz musicians in escalator Jazz festival Torino 2015 Egyptology Museum

Francesco and Aurélie
Francesco and Aurélie
An enthusiastic hidden conductor
The enthusiastic hidden conductor
Audience warm up Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Audience warm up I
Audience warm up Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Audience warm up II
Ode to the Royal Scribe Butehamon Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Ode to the Royal Scribe Butehamon I
Ode to the Royal Scribe Butehamon Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Ode to the Royal Scribe Butehamon II
Music Lover applause
Music Lover
Music Lover revealed Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Music Lover revealed

The initial performance on the top balcony of the Egyptian Museum slowly evolves as the performers split into smaller ensembles and make their way through the museum, followed by members of the audience, themselves active participants in the experience.

The ensembles marching through the museum Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

The ensembles marching through the museum Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

The ensembles marching through the museum Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

The ensembles marching through the museum Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Contemplation, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Contemplation
The muse, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
The muse
The embrace, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
The embrace

All spaces are explored from staircases to small chambers, musicians deploy around statues and display cases, the rigid borders between performers and listeners, stage and audience, are broken and the music flows freely, creating its own space. Anthony Braxton’s experiment is all about the creation of an interactive musical environment, a living sound world. Performers and audience both play their part, improvised yet choreographed, and for a moment it feels like I am part of an ancient Egyptian ritual in the Kings Gallery…

In the staircase, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

In the staircase, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Sonic Genome Language types, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Sonic Genome Language types

The Bassist, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Timeless audience, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Timeless audience
Kings Gallery ritual, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Kings Gallery ritual

Kings Gallery ritual, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Anthony Braxton marching, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Anthony Braxton

 Kings Gallery, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Marching violonist, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

 Kings Gallery, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Sekhmet, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum
Sekhmet

Kings Gallery audience, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Timeless audience, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

Kings Gallery marching ensemble, Torino Jazz Festival 2015 Egyptology Museum

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