Event begins at 2pm
Sweet Spot Series: Coming together for conversation around music, art, and the written word
with Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, brass) & Carl Testa (bass, electronics)
Artists Talk with Zachary Keeting and Daniel John Gadd to follow
Taylor Ho Bynum has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as 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. 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, producer, and performer. Bynum is a published author and contributor to The New Yorker’s Culture Blog and has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide. He is also the co-founder of New Haven's own Firehouse 12 Records; his most recent release on that label is "Enter the PlusTet", the critically acclaimed debut of his 15-piece creative orchestra.
Carl Testa is a multi-instrumentalist and composer at the intersection of improvised, electronic, experimental music, and new media. As a performer/improviser, he is equally comfortable on string bass, electronics, lighting, and combinations thereof. As a composer, he has written acoustic and electronic music for configurations ranging from solo to chamber orchestra, including multimedia pieces that incorporate electronics, lighting, dance, and theater. In addition to his work as a composer/performer, he serves as the Director of Publishing and Creative Technology for the Tri-Centric Foundation, where he manages all facets of the production of digital and print scores for the organization as well as directing research and development into new technologies for use in performance and user interaction.