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Bynum, Taylor Ho (Franklin)

Bynum, Taylor Ho (Franklin), cornet; b. Baltimore, Maryland, 22 August 1975. His parents Pauline Ho Bynum (b. China 1940) and T. E. Bynum (b. Cleveland 1939) were not musicians and divorced in 1980. His sister Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (b. Houston 1972) is an author and screenwriter. His main teachers were Bill Lowe at Northeastern University, where he audited classes while in high school, and Anthony Braxton at Weleyan from 1993-1997.

Bynum's projects range from ensembles in the jazz tradition, to work with DJs, contemporary classical composers, and world music ensembles, to composing for film and theater, to collaborations with dancers and visual artists.

In addition to leading his own groups (such as his 4tet and the seven piece SpiderMonkey Stories), Bynum regularly performs and records with a host of leading figures in creative music. He has worked with saxophonist, composer and MacArthur "genius grant" recipient Anthony Braxton in projects ranging from duo to orchestra. He is a member of The Fully Celebrated Orchestra (with saxophonist and composer Jim Hobbs, bassist Timo Shanko, and drummer Django Carranza), declared Boston's best jazz group by The Boston Globe, the Boston Music Awards, and the Boston Phoenix Music Poll. He is a founding member of the collective ensembles Paradigm Shift (with fellow brass multi-instrumentalists Bill Lowe, Joseph Daley, and Stephen Haynes, and percussionists Warren Smith and Syd Smart), Trio Ex Nihilo (with cellist Jeff Song and drummer Curt Newton), and a duo with percussionist Eric Rosenthal. He also performs with the Ghanaian master drummer Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng, the avant-salsa group Zemog el Gallo Bueno; and with big bands The Boston Jazz Repertory Orchestra (led by Carl Atkins and Bill Lowe) and The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (led by Mark Harvey).

Other performance and recording credits include work with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Fred Ho, Alan Silva, J.D. Parran, Elliot Sharp, Jay Hoggard, The Sound and Vision Orchestra, Alvin Batiste, The John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble, Pheeroan akLaff, Joe Fonda, Charlie Kohlhase, Nate McBride, Guillermo E. Brown, Naftule's Dream, poet Patricia Smith, artist Nancy Ostrovsky, and many others. Bynum is also deeply involved with the Boston arts community as an educator and producer. He has taught all ages, from kindergarten through college, including directing the Northeastern University Jazz Ensembles, and has produced several major festivals, including the Autumn Uprising, Boston's annual festival of new and improvised music, and Artstuff, a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary arts and education program at Northeastern.

Awards: Best Original Score (The Big Headache), New York Film Festival, 2001

Taylor Ho Bynum/Eric Rosenthal: and only life my lush lament (1998); Paradigm Shift: The RAW Field Recordings (1998); Song/Newton/Bynum: Trio Ex Nihilo (2000); Taylor Ho Bynum/Eric Rosenthal: Cenote (2001); Fully Celebrated Orchestra: Marriage of Heaven and Earth (2001); Anthony Braxton/Taylor Ho Bynum: Duets (2002); The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: The Seeker (1998); Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 102 (1997), 4 Compositions (1998), Anthony Braxton: 6 Compositions (2001); Judith St. Croix: Visions of Light and Mystery (1998); Brandon Evans: Recurring Moons (1997); Joe Fonda: Full Circle Suite (1998); Hot Tamale Brass Band: Live at the Screaming Torso (2001); Bhob Rainey/Eric Rosenthal: Crawlspace/Universal Noir (1999); Alan Silva: The Sound Visions Orchestra (2000); Jeff Song & Lowbrow: Diasporama (2000); Assif Tsahar; Embracing the Void (2001); Unified Quest: Unified Quest (1997)

Live appearances on Boston and Cambridge radio stations WGBH, WERS, WHRB, WMBR, WZBC, featured on NPR's "Jazzset with Branford Marsalis" with the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet

Live appearances on Boston and Cambridge cable TV, featured on WGBH-TV's "Greater Boston Arts" with the Boston Jazz Repertory Orchestra

The Big Headache (2001, appeared as actor and wrote and performed soundtrack, seen on HBO and Cinemax); The First Three Lives Of Stuart Hornsley (wrote and performed soundtrack)

Articles: Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Boston Herald

Contact info:
website: thbmusic.artmovement.net
email: thobynum@aol.com
email - tbynum@mail.wesleyan.edu
phone - 617.461.0491 (cell), 860.704.0308 (home)
address - c/o Music Department, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459

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