CCT: 2013 AF Bio - Bynum

2013 Artist Fellowship Recipient

Music Composition


Taylor Ho Bynum
New Haven, Connecticut


{Taylor Ho Bynum}


Apparent Distance does not just blur the lines between composition and improvisation (a long-time pursuit), but tries to upend the listeners’ expectations in other ways; circular melodies without beginnings or ends, disguised unisons and non-repetitive vamps, transitions that are simultaneously jarring and organic.


I am currently embarking on the most creatively-ambitious year of my artistic career, and a fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts would provide both tangible material support and much-appreciated affirmation and encouragement for my work.


Taylor Ho Bynum is a composer, cornet player, bandleader, and interdisciplinary collaborator. He has been described as “a singular and thrilling artist” by All About Jazz and “a provocateur in the guise of a consensus builder” by The New York Times. Bynum currently leads his Sextet, co-leads the little big band Positive Catastrophe with Abraham Gomez-Delgado, and works with many collective ensembles. Bynum’s ongoing association with Anthony Braxton is recognized as one of the most fruitful partnerships of that iconic composer’s career, and his work with Bill Dixon produced some of the departed trumpet innovator’s late masterpieces. He has collaborated with other legendary figures including Cecil Taylor and Wadada Leo Smith, and performs with several forward-thinking peers. He is a founding partner of Firehouse 12 Records, the vice-president of Dave Douglas’ Festival of New Trumpet Music, and the executive director of Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation.