Taylor Ho Bynum

*Photo by Peter Gannushkin


Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation – through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. Bynum’s expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention on over twenty recordings as a bandleader and dozens more as a sideman. He currently leads his Sextet and 7-tette, most recently documented on the critically acclaimed 4-album set “Navigation” (Firehouse 12 Records, 2013), and the debut recording of his PlusTet, a 15-piece ensemble made up of his closest long-time collaborators, will be released in the fall of 2016.

His varied endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation (which he serves as executive director, producing and performing on most of Braxton’s recent major projects). In addition to his own bands, his ongoing collaboration with Braxton, past work with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, and current collective projects with forward thinking peers like Mary Halvorson and Tomas Fujiwara, Bynum increasingly travels the globe to conduct community-based large ensembles in explorations of new creative orchestra music. He is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker’s Culture Blog, has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide, and has served as a panelist and consultant for leading funders, arts organizations, and individual artists. His work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

To contact Taylor, email thobynum [at] gmail [dot] com. To subscribe to Taylor’s occasional newsletter, click here. For complete CV, discography, and hi-res photos click the link below to download EPK.

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Upcoming Performances

10.28.16 Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge 8:00pm, Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, MI USA
11.19.16 The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov conductor 2:00pm, Grand Hall, Glasgow City Halls Glasgow, Scotland
11.30.16 Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio 8:00pm, The Jazz Gallery New York, NY USA
12.01.16 Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio 8:00pm, The Jazz Gallery New York, NY USA
12.02.16 Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio 8:30pm, Firehouse 12 New Haven, CT USA