The 2nd recording from cornetist Bynum's improvising chamber ensemble SpiderMonkey Strings in a narrative coming of age work using Bynum arrangements of Ornette, Sun Ra, & Elligton.
Bynum, Taylor Ho & SpiderMonkey Strings
Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released in: USA
"Madeleine Dreams is the second recording from cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum's improvising chamber ensemble, SpiderMonkey Strings. The centerpiece of this release is Bynum's titular composition, a six-movement secular oratorio inspired by the novel, Madeleine is Sleeping (Harcourt), a 2004 National Book Award finalist written by his sister, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, and its theme of the logic of dreams.
The piece, which the band has performed on tour since the March 2008 debut at New York's Roulette, draws text from the book, a magical-realist fable of a girl's coming of age that moves between dreams and reality in 19th century France. Madeleine Dreams also documents Bynum's distinctive arrangements of music by Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington and Sun Ra.
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"Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) 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. As heard on over twenty recordings as a bandleader, Bynum's expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention as one of the singular musical voices of his generation. 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 and organizations. 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."-Taylor Ho Bynum website (http://taylorhobynum.com/)
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Recorded November 21 and 22, 2009 at Firehouse 12 Studios, New Haven, CT, by Nick lloyd.
Taylor Ho Bynum-cornet, flugelhorn
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1. Hush 1:33
2. Le Petomane 5:31
3. Lesson 2:31
4. Metamorphosis 2:48
5. Objects Lost On Journeys 10:21
6. Hush (Reprise) 1:16
7. What Reason Could I Give 4:16
8. The Mooche 9:02
9. Angels And Demons At Play 8:25