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Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette


“Whether they’re lines that swirl upward, chasing their own tail, or lines that spill downward, like a Slinky on a staircase, the elemental motifs of the cornetist/composer’s pieces are full of springy kinetics. But they’re more than mere nu-jazz puzzles. Bynum wrings emotion from his crew. His use of texture and trajectory has to do with his appreciation of passion.” – Jim Macnie, Village Voice

Taylor Ho Bynum will perform a new body of music working with a nine-piece ensemble of some of his closest collaborators. Titled Ambiguity Manifesto, the music is designed to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, between solo and ensemble, between different genres, timbres, and instrumentations – celebrating the beauty and necessity of the unknown and the indefinable, the enigmatic and the subversive.

The 9-tette splits the difference between Bynum’s long-running Sextet and his 15-piece PlusTet creative orchestra; a new group of old friends, light on its feet while rich in sonic possibility. The instrumentation intentionally features a wealth of pairings/doubles/mirrors – high/low duos in the brass, reeds, electric and acoustic strings; or four horns and four strings; or four treble clef and four bass clef instruments – all pivoting around the rhythmic center of the percussion. The music is designed for maximum creative flexibility – rather than existing as the fixed itinerary of a single journey, Ambiguity Manifesto presents a web of creative possibility.

The band’s performance at Real Art Ways will come on the tail of a residency at Dartmouth College and two nights at The Jazz Gallery in New York City, and immediately precede two days in the studio at Firehouse 12 Records in New Haven, where the music will be recorded for Bynum’s next album.

Go to Taylor Ho Bynum’s website.

Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet, compositions
Jim Hobbs – alto saxophone
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor and soprano saxophones
Bill Lowe – bass trombone and tuba
Mary Halvorson – electric guitar
Tomeka Reid – cello
Stomu Takeishi – electric bass guitar
Ken Filiano – acoustic bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums

The Ambiguity Manifesto is an outgrowth of the Acoustic Bicycle Tour, which is a project of Creative Capital.

Additional Info

$20 Regular Admission
$15 RAW Members