Music Program

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

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Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & Buffalo PlusTet

Asbury Hall@Babeville 341 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

photo: Peter Gannushkin

Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, compositions
Jim Hobbs: alto sax
Bill Lowe: tuba
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Tomas Fujiwara: drums
Ken Filiano: bass
Tim Clarke: trumpet
Steve Baczkowski: baritone sax
Dave DeWitt: trombone
Michael McNeill: piano
Dave Arenius: bass
John Bacon: drums

Hallwalls is excited to announce a special artist residency project with the prolific cornetist, composer, bandleader & cyclist Taylor Ho Bynum. As a recipient of a 2015 Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant from Chamber Music America, Hallwalls will present the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet as well as a unique collaboration with an additional sextet of renowned Buffalo-connected musicians to form the Buffalo PlusTet. The residency will also highlight Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour project through impromptu concerts performed around the city via bicycle and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet will present a masterclass/performance for the music students at Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts.

Taylor Ho Bynum has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation - through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and 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. He currently leads his Sextet and 7-tette, and works with many collective ensembles including a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the improv trio Book of Three, the UK/US collaborative Convergence Quartet, the dance/music interdisciplinary ensemble Masters of Ceremony, and the trans-idiomatic little big band Positive Catastrophe.

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, producing most of Braxton's recent major projects). In addition to his own bands, his ongoing collaboration with Braxton, past work with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, and current collective projects with forward thinking peers, Bynum increasingly travels the globe to conduct community-based large ensembles in explorations of new creative orchestra music. He is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker's Culture Blog, has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide, and has served as a panelist and consultant for leading funders, arts organizations, and individual artists. His work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet has been Bynum's primary working ensemble since 2005, and has toured throughout the USA and Europe. The group brings together some of the finest musicians from the Boston and New York scenes, demonstrating a remarkable diversity of backgrounds and generations, with members of the group born in every decade from the 1940s to the '80s. All the musicians are composers and bandleaders in their own right, and have collaborated with some of the most admired figures in creative music, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, Bill Barron, Tim Berne, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Braxton, Connie Crothers, Thad Jones, Warne Marsh, Myra Melford, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Moran, Marc Ribot, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, and countless others.

This concert is made possible through Chamber Music America with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, & public funds from the Music program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Acoustic Bicycle Tour is a project of Creative Capital.