Taylor Ho Bynum

*Photo by Peter Gannushkin

Projects

Leader:

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Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet

The PlusTet is the expansion of THB’s core sextet into a creative orchestra, bringing together some of the finest musicians on the planet to travel fresh avenues of sonic exploration, balancing the spontaneous and the pre-determined in an organic whole.

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (THB, Jim Hobbs, Bill Lowe, Tomas Fujiwara, Ken Filiano, Mary Halvorson)

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & 7-tette

The Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (now occasionally a 7-tette) has been Bynum’s primary working ensemble since 2005, and has toured throughout the USA and Europe. Navigation (release date: 11/12/13, on Firehouse 12 Records) is the group’s fourth recording, following the critically acclaimed releases The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12, 2007), Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths (hatOLOGY, 2008), and Apparent Distance (Firehouse 12, 2011).

Taylor Ho Bynum Acoustic Bicycle Tour

The Acoustic Bicycle Tour

The Acoustic Bicycle Tour is an ongoing performance journey where I travel solely on bicycle, presenting solo concerts and playing with ensembles of area musicians. The endeavor is an act of composition, a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community, and an exercise in extreme physicality.

Collaborations:

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Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara

Taylor Ho Bynum and Tomas Fujiwara have played together in dozens of groups on countless gigs since they first met as teenagers growing up around Boston. In addition to their work together in Bynum’s Trio and Sextet, The Thirteenth Assembly, and Positive Catastrophe, they have released three highly acclaimed albums as a duo: 2007’s True Events and 2010’s Stepwise, and their latest recording, Through Foundation, a deluxe limited-edition vinyl-only album celebrating 20 years of making music together released in 2014.

Quartet Collective Taylor Ho Bynum Rachel Bernsen Melanie Maar Abraham Gomez-Delgado

Masters of Ceremony

Masters of Ceremony (formerly Quartet Collective) unites four artists across disciplines as equal partners in a shared endeavor: Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, and Taylor Ho Bynum. The ensemble got together to experiment with doing and undoing music and dance in performance.

Organizations:

Tri-Centric Foundation

The Tri-Centric Foundation (external link)

Taylor is the executive director of Tri-Centric, a not-for-profit organization that supports the ongoing work and legacy of Anthony Braxton, while also cultivating and inspiring the next generation of creative artists to pursue their own visions with the kind of idealism and integrity Braxton has demonstrated throughout his distinguished career.

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Firehouse 12 Records (external link)

Taylor is a founding partner of Firehouse 12 Records, a multi-media record label supporting the creative music of established and emerging artists.

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Other Side Artists Cooperative (external link)

Taylor is a member of OSAC, a small consortium of musicians and organizations pooling their skills, contacts, and resources to take the promotion of their creative endeavors into their own hands.

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AKAMU (external link)

International booking for all THB projects.

Past Projects:

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Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings

Named after two mythical tricksters, Anansi the Spider of West Africa and the Monkey King of China, SpiderMonkey Strings is an improvising chamber ensemble that released two albums: Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12, 2010), featuring music inspired by Madeleine is Sleeping, the award-winning novel by THB’s sister Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, and Other Stories (Three Suites) (482 Music, 2005), THB’s recording debut as sole composer/bandleader.

Book of Three Taylor Ho Bynum John Hebert Gerald Cleaver

Book of Three (Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert, Gerald Cleaver)

This co-operative trio brings together three musicians who have developed strikingly individual voices on their respective instruments, both in their own music as leaders and as key collaborators with some of the most innovative artists of the past fifty years. The intimacy of the trio setting allows them to explore all aspects of their varied musical ideas, with composition and improvisation, sound and silence, propulsion and stasis, and structure and abstraction all sharing space in the mix.

The Thirteenth Assembly Tomas Fujiwara Mary Halvorson Jessica Pavone Taylor Ho Bynum

The Thirteenth Assembly

“Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, guitarist Mary Halvorson, violist Jessica Pavone and drummer Tomas Fujiwara are among the most exciting new jazz musicians to emerge on the New York scene, and it is hard to talk about any one of these players without mentioning the others.” From Close Friends, Jazz Up-and-Comers, by Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2009.

Positive Catastrophe Taylor Ho Bynum Abraham Gomez-Delgado

Positive Catastrophe

Positive Catastrophe is the brainchild of Taylor Ho Bynum and Abraham Gomez-Delgado. After nearly a decade of friendship and collaboration, Bynum and Gomez-Delgado founded Positive Catastrophe in 2007, a “raucous 10-piece ensemble…which nails its distinctive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation” (The New York Times).

Convergence Quartet Alexander Hawkins Harris Eisenstadt Taylor Ho Bynum Dominic Lash

Convergence Quartet (external link)

The trans-Atlantic collective ensemble with Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dominic Lash (bass), and Harris Eisenstadt (drums).

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Selections from previous albums as leader/co-leader

Taylor Ho Bynum Prince project Tabloid

The Prince Project

A rare assemblage of creative musicians brought together to perform Bynum’s original arrangements of the music of Prince, focusing on the Purple Maestro’s golden years between 1983-1988. Some youtube goodies here, here, and here.

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Former projects as sideman