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Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings
Part of the 2008 Fall Jazz Series
Friday, November 21, 2008
8:30p $15 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
10:00p $10 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
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Jason Kao Hwang
Jessica Pavone : viola, violin
Joseph Daley
Kyoko Kitamura
Luther Gray
Pete Fitzpatrick
Tomas Ulrich

SpiderMonkey Strings is an ensemble of unique instrumentation and powerful musicianship led by cornettist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum, and featuring some of the finest improvising musicians from the jazz, rock, and new music worlds.

Named after Anase the Spider (of West Africa) and the Monkey King (China), the music attempts to be as subversively humorous and surprisingly beautiful as those mythic tricksters. The ensemble's debut CD, Other Stories (Three Suites), was released in 2005 by 482 Music. Critics have called it "the best album of the year" (Paul Olson, AllAboutJazz ), "subtle much beauty in one hour, it's exceptional" (Didier Wijnants, De Morgen ), and "beautiful music and challenging throughout" (Brian Morton, The Wire ). "Stretching from strident Ivesian classicism and loft jazz inspired melting-pot rhythmic variations to raucous rock riffing, SpiderMonkey Strings spans not only genre, but time. Bynum is not only a meticulous craftsman in regards to complex structures, but he is also, at heart, a gorgeous tunesmith. Other Stories (Three Suites) is a genre eradicating statement of intent from an up and coming composer." Troy Collins, One Final Note

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