On Friday, April 20th, New York-based cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum
will perform at New Haven's Firehouse 12
with his trio featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Bynum, a co-founder of Firehouse 12's new record label, Firehouse 12 Records, is touring the Midwest and East Coast in April in support of his two new CDs, True Events
(482 Music) and The Middle Picture
(Firehouse 12 Records).
Critics have called Bynum a strong cornetist and serious-minded composer with experimental tendencies" (Nate Chinen, The New York Times) and an agile and creative improviser who sounds like no one but himself" (Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes ). His trio is a scaled down version of his sextet, a group that brings a trickster sensibility and third millennium flavor to the compositional and improvisational advancements made by pioneers such as Duke Ellington, Charles Ives and Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The sextet's April debut, The Middle Picture, is a compilation of both live and studio performances from the past two years.
Along with his trio and sextet, Bynum leads or co-leads a variety of other ensembles, including a duo with Fujiwara that released its debut CD, True Events, in February. In addition to his work as a leader, he is best known for his decade-long association with the legendary Anthony Braxton, which includes his appearance on the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet's new 9-CD box set, 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (Firehouse 12 Records). Bynum's expansive resume also includes work in groups such as the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Jason Kao Hwang's Edge, Miya Masaoka's Chironomy and the Cecil Taylor Orchestra among many others. In June, he will be profiled in DownBeat as part of its 25 emerging trumpet players feature.
About Firehouse 12:
Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state of the art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located in New Haven's historic Ninth Square District. Its distinctive 75-seat performance space, located inside the recording studio, offers world-class acoustics and unprecedented technical possibilities to both listeners and performers. Many of the most respected names in jazz and creative improvised music have performed at Firehouse 12 since it opened its doors in April 2005.
The local media has called it one of the region's prime centers for new and improvised music" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant), noting both its astutely stylish, updated-classic aesthetic" (Hugh Elton, New Haven Advocate) and its dedicated fan base of people who bring near-religious reverence to the music, producing an exchange of energy that often fires great performances" (Regina DeAngelo, New Haven Independent).
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven recognized owner/producer/recording engineer Nick Lloyd with a 2006 Arts Award for his visionary restoration" of this landmark firehouse building, which also earned the architects, Gray Organschi Architecture, a 2006 Design Award in the preservation category from Connecticut's chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
In 2007, Firehouse 12 founded its own label, Firehouse 12 Records, with the intention of releasing a mix of physical and digital-only recordings, including music recorded live during recent performances. Its first new releases, the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet's 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet's The Middle Picture, will be released April 3rd.
Spring 2007 Spring Jazz Series schedule:
03/16 :: Steve Davis Quintet featuring Mike DiRubbo
03/23 :: Frank Kimbrough Trio
03/30 :: Ullmann/Swell 4tet featuring Barry Altschul
04/06 :: Wallace Roney Sextet
04/13 :: Step In: Joe Fonda/Carlo Morena/George Schuller
04/20 :: Taylor Ho Bynum Trio
04/27 :: Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts
05/04 :: Tyshawn Sorey Quartet
05/11 :: David Weiss and Point of Departure
05/18 :: Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet
05/25 :: Kris Davis Quartet
06/02 :: Andy Milne & Dapp Theory
06/08 :: Adam Birnbaum Trio