Place and date of birth: Baltimore, MD, August 22, 1975
Recent discography as bandleader/composer:
• Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & 7-tette – Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings), 2013 Firehouse 12 Records. 4-album set (2-CD, 2-LP) scheduled for Fall ’13 release.
• Anthony Braxton/Taylor Ho Bynum – Duo (Amherst) 2010, 2013 New Braxton House Records. DVD concert recording scheduled for Summer ’13 release.
• Positive Catastrophe – Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo…, 2012 Cuneiform Records. (“Combining the raw passion of Afro-Cuban rhythm with the intellectual intensity of free jazz, Positive Catastrophe transcends idiom.” Hrayr Attarian, Jazziz.)
• Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet – Apparent Distance, 2011 Firehouse 12 Records. (“Thoughtfully tumultuous new album…It’s all seductively challenging, full of standout moments that nevertheless dissolve into the whole.” Nate Chinen, The New York Times.)
• Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara – Stepwise, 2010 NotTwo Records. (“The playing is not just typically excellent, it’s conversational and buoyant, engaging the listener not through forceful attention-grabbing but rather coherence and seductiveness.” Trevor Hunter, NewMusicBox.)
• Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings – Madeleine Dreams, 2009 Firehouse 12 Records. (“Each repeated listen uncovers correspondingly more depth to the artistry of this heartfelt and challenging project.” John Sharpe, All About Jazz.)
• Positive Catastrophe – Garabatos Volume One, 2009 Cuneiform Records. (“It’s a doozy: a wonderfully lush and unusual Latin-jazz party record…an excellent showcase for the band’s singular blend of the festive and the avant-garde.” Hank Schteamer, Time Out New York.)
• Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet – Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths, 2008 hatology Records. (“One of the most indispensable ensembles in contemporary jazz…five stars.” Theirry Lepin, Jazzman Magazine, France.)
• Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara – True Events, 2007 482 Music. (“A scintillating album…crackling with improvisational energy but guided by compositional prescription.” Nate Chinen, The New York Times.)
• Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet – The Middle Picture, 2007 Firehouse 12 Records. (“A measured, highly intelligent project that points the way forward for jazz…four stars.” Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition.)
Recent discography of collaborative projects:
• Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert, & Gerald Cleaver (Book of Three: Continuum (2012), 2013 Relative Pitch), The Convergence Quartet (Slow and Steady, 2013 NoBusiness), The Thirteenth Assembly (Station Direct, 2011 Important), Taylor Ho Bynum/Joe Morris/Sara Schoenbeck (Next, 2011 Porter), Nate Wooley/Taylor Ho Bynum Quartet (The Throes, 2011 CIMP), Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert, & Gerald Cleaver (Book of Three, 2010 RogueArt), The Convergence Quartet (Song/Dance, 2010 Clean Feed), The Othertet (self-titled, 2009 Engine), The Thirteenth Assembly ((un)sentimental, 2008 Important).
• Dozens of recordings as sideman with: Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Michiel Braam, Harris Eisenstadt, Jim Hobbs, Fred Ho, François Houle, Jason Kao Hwang, Living By Lanterns, Joe Morris, Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng, Matana Roberts, Alan Silva, Zemog el Gallo Bueno, and many others.
Performance highlights as bandleader/composer:
• International festivals and theaters in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK. Top NYC venues including Vision Festival, Undead and Winter Jazz Festivals, Roulette, Whitney Museum, and BAM. Tours throughout China, Europe, Canada, and the US, including the Acoustic Bicycle Tour: a two-week, six state, 800-mile performance journey through New England traveling only by bicycle.
Highlights as sideman:
• With Anthony Braxton: performances and tours throughout the world, from Argentina to Russia; producing and co-conducting the studio recording of the 4-act opera Trillium E; producing and performing in the 4-day Tri-Centric Festival at Roulette (NYC 2011); organizing and conducting 8-hour, 60-musician Sonic Genome Project (Vancouver 2010); over two dozen recordings, including performing on and producing the 9-CD/plus DVD box set 9 Compositions (Iridium) in 2007. Upcoming projects include the concert premiere of the 4-act operaTrillium J, and a Sonic Genome in Athens, Greece, both Spring ’14.
• With Bill Dixon: festival performances and three recordings including performing on and producing the 2-CD/plus DVD box set Tapestries for Small Orchestra in 2009 and performing on and co-producing Envoi, his posthumous final recording. Now on the advisory committee for Dixon’s estate.
• With Cecil Taylor: week-long residencies with his ensemble at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC, March ’04, February ’05, and December ’05; appearances in two documentary films.
• Other recent performances and recordings include work with Rodrigo Amado (Portugal), Eric Boeren (Netherlands), Michiel Braam (Netherlands), Jean-Luc Cappozzo (France), Dave Douglas, Harris Eisenstadt, Mary Halvorson, John Hébert, Jim Hobbs, Francois Houle (Canada), Jason Kao Hwang, Joëlle Léandre (France), Gianni Lenoci (Italy), Living By Lanterns, Bill Lowe, Miya Masaoka, Nate McBride, Myra Melford, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell, Joe Morris, Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng, Bob Ostertag, Wadada Leo Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, and Zemog el Gallo Bueno.
Grants, awards, and press:
• Grants from Creative Capital (2013), New Music USA Creative Connections and Composer’s Assistance pregrams (2012 and 2010), USArtists International program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the NEA (2011 and 2010), Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works commissioning program (2010), Chamber Music America’s French American Cultural Exchange program (2009)
• 2010 and 2003 Nominee for the Alpert Award in Music.
• 2009 Nominee for Trumpeter of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association.
• Downbeat Magazine “Rising Star Trumpet” in 2008, 2009, and 2010 Critic’s Poll and one of “25 Trumpeters For the Future” in 2007.
• Radio features on BBC (UK), Radio 3 (Italy), WNPR, WNYC, and WKCR, among other stations, and articles in newspapers, magazines, and websites around the world, including Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US.
Related work/educational experience:
• Executive director of the Tri-Centric Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing the major works of composer Anthony Braxton and perpetuating his artistic legacy.
• Freelance writer for the NewYorker.com, JazzTimes, and other publications.
• Interviewer for the Oral History of American Music project at Yale University.
• Founding partner and producer of Firehouse 12 Records.
• Vice president, organizer, and curator of the Festival of New Trumpet Music.
• Development and organizational consultant for Creative Capital, Meet the Composer, and other foundations and individual artists.
• Panelist and/or committee member for Chamber Music America, New Music USA, APAP, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Music Omi, LEF Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and others.
• Private Lesson Instruction in trumpet technique and improvisation at Wesleyan University.
• Guest instructor/lecturer at schools and universities throughout Europe and the US.
• M.A., Music Composition, 2005; B.A., Honors in Music, 1998; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.