Taylor Ho Bynum

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Taylor Ho Bynum
At the Moers Festival, 2007
At the Moers Festival, 2007
Background information
Born1975 (age 46–47)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, educator, writer
InstrumentsCornet, flugelhorn, trumpet, similar instruments
Years active1990s–present
Websitetaylorhobynum.com

Taylor Ho Bynum (born 1975) is a musician, composer, educator and writer. His main instrument is the cornet, but he also plays numerous similar instruments, including flugelhorn and trumpet.

Early life[edit]

Bynum was born in Baltimore[1] in 1975,[2] and grew up in Boston.[3] His parents were fans of music, and professional musicians were often in the family home.[3] Bynum's sister is writer Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.[4]

Bynum began playing the trumpet at the age of ten, and played classical music in youth orchestras when at high school.[3] At the age of 15, funding for music was cut at his school, so he joined the jazz big band at a local university instead; there, he was mentored by bass trombonist and tubaist Bill Lowe.[5] Working in an ice cream shop meant that Bynum was able to organize weekly jazz concerts there.[3] Around the early 1990s, Bynum first played with drummer Tomas Fujiwara.[6] Continuing his interest in music, Bynum attended Wesleyan University, where he studied with a major influence on his future – Anthony Braxton – as well as with Pheeroan akLaff, Jay Hoggard, and others.[3] Bynum graduated from Wesleyan in 1998.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

In 1999, he played on two Braxton albums and a duo album with Eric Rosenthal.[1] In addition to Lowe and Braxton, Bill Dixon was a formative influence on Bynum.[7] His recording continued in 2001: on Trio Ex Nihilo with Curt Newton and Jeff Song, and with the Sound Visions Orchestra of Alan Silva.[1] A year later, he recorded duets with Braxton and Rosenthal, as well as playing on the Fully Celebrated Orchestra's Marriage of Heaven and Earth, and creating a band with himself as cornetist, plus an electric guitar and string quartet, together named SpiderMonkey Strings.[1] He also began a master's degree in music composition at Wesleyan.[1] His sextet released its first album, The Middle Picture, in 2007, and Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths two years later.[1] Bynum was also a member of Jason Kao Hwang's quartet named Edge.[8] From 2007, Bynum has been part of The Convergence Quartet, with pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Dominic Lash, and drummer Harris Eisenstadt; they released their fourth album, Owl Jacket, in 2016.[9] In 2007, Bynum co-founded the record label Firehouse 12, with engineer Nick Lloyd.[10] The label's first release was Braxton's 9 Compositions (consisting of nine CDs and one DVD), and Bynum's The Middle Picture was next.[10]

In September 2010, Bynum toured New England, traveling between gigs on a bicycle.[11] In the same year, he recorded the quartet Searching for Adam.[1] This was followed by Apparent Distance in 2011 and Navigation by his 7-Tette two years later.[1] The former was a four-part suite, funded by Chamber Music America's 2010 New Jazz Works.[12] The Throes was also from 2011, and was co-led by Nate Wooley, with whom Bynum had played for two years.[13] Bynum released Navigation around 2013; it consisted of four performances of a single piece, with two being released on LP and two on CD (all four were released for digital download, which was also available to purchasers of either physical release).[14] Bynum expounded on his releasing four recordings of the same piece: "I want to ask listeners to consider the composition as a set of possibilities rather than a fixed document, to encourage them to enjoy the mutable nature of the music in multiple realizations rather than focusing on one particular performance."[14] In 2014, he undertook another "Acoustic Bicycle Tour" from Vancouver, Canada down the West Coast to Tijuana, Mexico, captured in a short documentary film by Chris Jonas.[15][16] Book of Three was a trio album in 2014, and Enter the PlusTet two years later was performed by a 15-piece band.[1] A new quartet, Illegal Crowns, was recorded in 2014.[17]

In the area of education, Bynum has led jazz ensembles at Northeastern University,[1] and has been the director of the Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth College since July 2017.[18][19] He has also written about music for The New Yorker magazine.[20] He has also served as the executive director of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation[21] since 2010, producing and performing on most of Braxton's recent major projects, including his Trillium operas[22][23] and his Sonic Genomes.[24][25] A further activity has been organizing music events, including the Sound Genome project in Vancouver in 2010 and a festival at the Roulette club in New York City the following year.[26]

Composition and playing styles[edit]

A reviewer of Next commented that Bynum "deploys a litany of buzzes, whistles, drones, pinched fanfares and garrulous brass muttering in acrobatic arcs that twist and somersault."[27] The overlaps of composition and improvisation are explored by Bynum; a reviewer of Illegal Crowns and Enter the PlusTet observed that they "are equally imaginative and revolutionary in their own right, characterized by a dogged exploration of the ebb and flow between composition and spontaneity."[17]

Awards[edit]

Bynum was Down Beat magazine's Rising Star Trumpeter in its critics poll of 2017.[28]

Discography[edit]

An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
2018 The Ambiguity Manifesto Firehouse 12 9-piece band, with Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Ingrid Laubrock (soprano sax, tenor sax), Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Ken Filiano (acoustic bass, electronics), Mary Halvorson (electric guitar), Stomu Takeishi (electric bass guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), Tomeka Reid (cello)
2016* Enter the PlusTet Firehouse 12 15-piece band, with Stephanie Richards and Nate Wooley (trumpet), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Steve Swell (trombone), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Ingrid Laubrock (soprano sax, tenor sax), Matt Bauder (tenor sax, baritone sax), Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jay Hoggard (vibraphone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2015* Owl Jacket NoBusiness As The Convergence Quartet. With Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dominic Lash (bass), Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
2014 Illegal Crowns RogueArt As Illegal Crowns. Quartet, with Benoît Delbecq (piano), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2014* Through Foundation [Self-released] Duo, with Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2013* Continuum (2012) Relative Pitch As Book of Three. Trio, with John Hébert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2012 Navigation Firehouse 12 Two albums are sextet, with Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums); in concert. Two albums are septet, with Chad Taylor (vibraphone, drums) added
2012* Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo... Cuneiform As Positive Catastrophe. 10-piece band, with Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion, vocals), Kamala Sankaram (accordion, vocals), Mark Taylor (French horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Matt Bauder (tenor sax), Michael Attias (baritone sax), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar, vocals), Alvaro Benavides (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2011 Slow and Steady NoBusiness As The Convergence Quartet. With Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dominic Lash (bass), Harris Eisenstadt (drums); in concert
2011* Apparent Distance Firehouse 12 Sextet, with Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2010 Station Direct Important As The Thirteenth Assembly. Quartet, with Jessica Pavone (viola), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2011* Next Porter Trio, with Joe Morris (guitar), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon)
2011* The Throes CIMP Quartet, with Nate Wooley, Ken Filiano (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2010 Duo (Amherst) 2010 New Braxton House Duo, with Anthony Braxton (baritone sax, alto sax, soprano sax, sopranino sax); DVD; in concert
2009–10 Book of Three RogueArt As Book of Three. Trio, with John Hébert (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2010* Stepwise NotTwo Duo, with Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2010* Song/Dance Clean Feed As The Convergence Quartet. With Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dominic Lash (bass), Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
2009* Madeleine Dreams Firehouse 12 With SpiderMonkey Strings: Kyoko Kitamura (voice), Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Jessica Pavone (viola), Tomas Ulrich (cello), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Joseph Daley (tuba), Luther Gray (drums)
2009* Garabatos Volume One Cuneiform As Positive Catastrophe. 10-piece band, with Abraham Gomez-Delgado (vocals, percussion), Jen Shyu (vocals, erhu), Michael Attias (baritone sax), Matt Bauder (tenor sax, clarinets), Reut Regev (trombone), Mark Taylor (French horn), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Alvaro Benavides (bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2009* The OtherTet Engine Quartet, with Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Joe Morris (bass), Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng (drums, percussion)
2008 Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths hatOLOGY Two tracks solo cornet; two tracks trio, with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) added; three tracks sextet, with Matt Bauder (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Jessica Pavone (viola), Evan O'Reilly (guitar) added
2008* The Double Trio Engine Trio, with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums); played with another trio: Stephen Haynes (trumpet), Allan Jaffe (guitar), Warren Smith (drums); in concert
2007 (un)sentimental Important As The Thirteenth Assembly. Quartet, with Jessica Pavone (viola), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2007* True Events 482 Music Duo, with Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
2006 Live in Oxford FMR As The Convergence Quartet. With Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dominic Lash (bass), Harris Eisenstadt (drums); in concert
2005–06 The Middle Picture Firehouse 12 Sextet, with Matt Bauder (tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Evan O'Reilly (guitar), Jessica Pavone (viola, bass), Tomas Fujiwara (drums); some tracks in concert
2003–05 Other Stories (Three Suites) 482 Music With SpiderMonkey Strings: Jay Hoggard (vibraphone), Jason Kao Hwang and Jean Cook (violin), Tomas Ulrich and Okkyung Lee (cello), Pete Fitzpatrick (guitar), Joseph Daley (tuba), Luther Gray (drums)
2000–01 Cenote Cadence Duo, with Eric Rosenthal (percussion)
And Only Life My Lush Lament Sachimay Duo, with Eric Rosenthal (percussion)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ a b c d e "AMN Interviews: Taylor Ho Bynum" (November 19, 2013). Avant Music News.
  4. ^ Ng, Ivana (October 8, 2009) "Taylor Ho Bynum & Spidermonkey Strings: Madeleine Dreams". All About Jazz.
  5. ^ Bynum, Taylor Ho (February 1, 2012) "Guset Post: Taylor Ho Bynum on Bill Lowe". Destination: Out.
  6. ^ Fitzell, Sean (March 2012) "Tomas Fujiwara". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 7.
  7. ^ Meyer, Bill (December 2016) "Taylor Ho Bynum – Enter the PlusTet". Down Beat. p. 76.
  8. ^ Iannapollo, Robert (November 2011) "Symphony of Souls – Jason Kao Hwang/Spontaneous River (Mulatta)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 19.
  9. ^ Allen, Clifford (August 2016) "Owl Jacket – The Convergence Quartet (NoBusiness)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 26.
  10. ^ a b Farberman, Brad (March 2014) "Firehouse 12". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 12.
  11. ^ "Two-Wheeled Tour" (September 2010) Down Beat. p. 14.
  12. ^ Miller, Matthew (September 2012) "Apparent Distance – Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (Firehouse 12)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 23.
  13. ^ Iannapollo, Robert (July 2011) "The Throes – Nate Wooley/Taylor Ho Bynum (CIMP)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 23.
  14. ^ a b Gottschalk, Kurt (November 2013) "Navigation – Taylor Ho Bynum (Firehouse 12)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 16.
  15. ^ "Improvising A Life in Music: Taylor Ho Bynum '98, MA'05". Wesleyan University Magazine. Wesleyan University. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour". Vimeo.
  17. ^ a b Ng, Ivana (December 2016) "Eponymous – Illegal Crowns (Rogue Art)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 17.
  18. ^ "New Director Named for Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble" (June 16, 2017). Dartmouth College.
  19. ^ "Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth | Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth". hop.dartmouth.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
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  21. ^ [tricentricfoundation.org/bio-history "Board & Staff"]. Tri-Centric Foundation. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  22. ^ Levy, Aidan (2 June 2020). "Anthony Braxton: An American Visionary". JazzTimes. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
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  24. ^ Martinelli, Francesco (25 June 2015). "Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome At Turin's Jazz Festival 2015". All About Jazz. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  25. ^ Dadoun, Nou (21 January 2010). "Anthony Braxton 12+1tet and The Sonic Genome in Vancouver". Vancouver Jazz. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  26. ^ Woodard, Josef (March 2012) "Braxton's Allies". Down Beat. p. 36.
  27. ^ Sharpe, John (October 2011) "Next – Taylor Ho Bynum/Joe Morris/Sara Schoenbeck (Porter)". The New York City Jazz Record. p. 14.
  28. ^ Lutz, Phillip (August 2017) "Cherry: Organic Flow". Down Beat. p. 34.

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