Taylor Ho Bynum World Premiere + Big Band Residency Coming in March
(Published: February 25, 2008)
Brooklyn-based cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum will usher in the spring concert season with two distinctive concert events in New York that will feature him performing new original works with his own bands.
On March 30th at Roulette, Bynum will lead his improvising chamber ensemble SpiderMonkey Strings and special guest vocalist Kyoko Kitamura in the world premiere performance of his secular oratorio, Madeleine Dreams.
And, Bynum's new ten-piece ensemble, Positive Catastrophe, co-led by percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado (founder of Zemog El Gallo Bueno), will be in residence at Brooklyn's Tea Lounge all five Mondays of the month.
Madeleine Dreams is inspired by the novel Madeleine is Sleeping (Harcourt), a 2004 National Book Award finalist written by his sister, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.
The piece draws text from the book, which "alternates deftly between reality and illusion as it follows Madeleine down a path of sexual, artistic and personal discovery" (Publisher's Weekly), and further explores its theme of "the logic of dreams," a recurring thread in Bynum's work as a composer.
The music was written specifically for Kitamura and SpiderMonkey Strings, an unusual combination of brass, strings and drums featuring Joseph Daley, Jason Kao Hwang, Jessica Pavone, Tomas Ulrich, Pete Fitzpatrick and Luther Gray.
The group, which earned widespread critical attention for its 2005 debut, Other Stories [Three Suites] (482 Music), will also perform Madeleine Dreams in Belgium and The Netherlands in early April.
Bynum describes Positive Catastrophe, the largest ensemble currently working under his leadership, as "a free-wheeling ensemble that connects the dots between Sun Ra and Willie Colón."
In addition to Bynum and Gomez-Delgado, who do all the composing, the band features Jen Shyu (voice and erhu), Mark Taylor (French horn), Reut Regev (trombone), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Michaël Attias (baritone saxophone), Pete Fitzpatrick (electric guitar) and Keith Witty (acoustic bass).
Harris Eisenstadt (March 3rd and 10th), Tim Keiper (March 17th) and Tomas Fujiwara (March 24th and 31st) will share the drummer's chair for this run of concerts by the band, which plans to record its debut later this year.
"Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum is at the forefront of a younger generation of creative musicians in New York," writes AllAboutJazz.com's John Sharpe. "He combines thrilling improvisation with stealthy composition, unconfined by genre."
Other critics agree, calling him "one of the most exciting figures in jazz's new power generation" (Steve Dollar, Time Out Chicago), "a strong cornetist and serious-minded composer with experimental tendencies" (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and "an agile and creative improviser who sounds like no one but himself" (Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes).
Jazzwise reviewer Kevin Le Gendre adds, "Bynum is thinking outside of the jazz box without getting trapped inside another in the process."
Bynum's expansive resume includes a wide variety of work with contemporaries and legendary figures alike, most notably the iconic saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, with whom he has performed and recorded extensively over the past decade.
His most recent releases as a leader are The Middle Picture (Firehouse 12, 2007), featuring his trio/sextet, and True Events (482 Music, 2007), a recording of cornet/percussion duets with Fujiwara that veteran New York jazz writers Howard Mandel and K. Leander Williams, among others, included on their top 10 lists for the year.
In addition to leading his own bands, Bynum is a member of such groups as Jason Kao Hwang's Edge and the large ensembles of Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, among many others. He is also a curator for the annual Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) in New York.
More Information: http://www.taylorhobynum.com
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