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, and works with many collective ensembles including a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the improv trio Book of Three, the UK/US collaborative Convergence Quartet, the dance/music interdisciplinary ensemble Masters of Ceremony, and the trans-idiomatic little big band Positive Catastrophe.

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 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, 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

10.14.15 This is My Story, This is My Song 8:00pm, Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Museum Hartford, CT USA
10.20.15 Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara 8:00pm, Encore Records Ann Arbor, MI USA
10.23.15 Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette 8:00pm, Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, MI USA
10.24.15 Taylor Ho Bynum Edgefest PlusTet 8:00pm, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Ann Arbor, MI USA
10.25.15 Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet 2:00pm, 9338 Campau Gallery Hamtramck, MI USA
11.11.15 Taylor Ho Bynum Quintet 8:00pm, Guimaraes Jazz Festival Guimarães, Portugal