Taylor Ho Bynum

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Positive Catastrophe

Positive Catastrophe Taylor Ho Bynum Abraham Gomez-Delgado

Purchase the latest release: Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo... on Cuneiform Records

  • Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet
  • Abraham Gomez-Delgado - percussion, vocals
  • Kamala Sankaram - vocals, accordion (Dibrujo)
  • Jen Shyu - vocals, erhu (Garabatos)
  • Mark Taylor - french horn
  • Reut Regev - trombone
  • Matt Bauder - tenor saxophone
  • Michael Attias - baritone saxophone
  • Pete Fitzpatrick - guitar, vocals
  • Alvaro Benavides - bass
  • Tomas Fujiwara - drums

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). The group enlists a bevy of New York’s most adventurous jazz and salsa musicians, all composers and bandleaders in their own right. With the exceptional musicianship of the players and their fluidity in multiple genres, and a unique instrumentation that includes french horn, accordion, rock guitar, and dramatic vocalists that are comfortable singing in multiple languages, Positive Catastrophe “blend everything from salsa to Sun Ra, and the particulars of their mix can be beguiling” (The Village Voice).

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  • Positive Catastrophe Taylor Ho Bynum Abraham Gomez-Delgado Dibrujo

    Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo...

    Cuneiform (2012)

    “Combining the raw passion of Afro-Cuban rhythm with the intellectual intensity of free jazz, Positive Catastrophe transcends idiom…With its exciting mélange of ingredients, this genre-defying album contains sufficient amounts of improvisational rigor and enchanting harmonies to satisfy both adventurous and more-conventional listeners.” Hrayr Attarian, Jazziz

    Wolves and Blizzards (excerpt)
  • Positive Catastrophe Taylor Ho Bynum Abraham Gomez-Delgado Garabatos

    Garabatos Volume One

    Cuneiform 2009

    “It’s a doozy: a wonderfully lush and unusual Latin-jazz party record…full of swagger and groove, it combines Mingus-esque polyphonic momentum with vibrantly off-kilter world-funk.” Hank Schteamer, Time Out New York