Taylor Ho Bynum has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as 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. 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, producer, and performer. Bynum is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker’s Culture Blog and has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide.
Dave Ballou, Stephanie Richards, Nate Wooley – Trumpets
Vincent Chancey – French horn
Steve Swell – Trombone
Bill Lowe – Bass Trombone, Tuba
Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock, Matt Bauder, Stuart Bogie – Saxophones
Dana Jessen – Bassoon
Jean Cook – Violin
Tomeka Reid – Cello
Andria Nicodemou – Vibraphone
Adam Matlock – Accordion
Mary Halvorson – Guitar
Ken Filiano – Bass
Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Taylor Ho Bynum – Cornet, Conductor, Composer
Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from their recent Firehouse 12 Records release Enter the PlusTet,followed by the U.S. premiere of Uncle, Another Tale – a piece first performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra last fall, and now reimagined for improvising creative orchestra. The PlusTet is the expansion of Bynum’s core sextet into a creative orchestra, inviting musicians to travel fresh avenues of sonic exploration, balancing the spontaneous and the pre-determined in an organic whole. Drawing on a variety of techniques from improvised conduction to big band orchestration to deconstructed fanfares, the band demonstrates a celebration of musical community, a belief in the transformative power of improvisation, and a commitment to work that offers listeners and performers challenge, surprise, and satisfaction in equal measure.