Fujiwara/Halvorson/Bynum Trio
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Summer Concert Series

Fujiwara Halvorson Bynum Trio

June 25 - 26 Ticket Info

Improvisation and imagination on drums, guitar & cornet.

21/22 Hop Presents

Three of creative music's leading performers kick off our summer concert series! With Tomas Fujiwara on the drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar and our very own Taylor Ho Bynum on the cornet, the three musicians revel in upending the expectations of their audiences, through their original compositions and compelling improvisations. 

Creatively entwined for over 15 years with hundreds of concerts and dozens of recordings, the trio is bringing their talent and imagination to the beautiful backdrops of the Upper Valley for three performances.

The Hanover performance will be held in the Hop Courtyard.
The Claremont performance will be held at Union Church.

This tour was made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

The Summer Concert Series is funded by a grant from the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

The Claremont event is co-presented by the Hopkins Center and the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.

Photo courtesy of the artists

About Tomas Fujiwara

Fujiwara is a Brooklyn-based drummer, composer and band leader. Described as "a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming" (Point of Departure), Tomas is an active player in some of the most exciting music of the current generation, with his bands Triple Double, 7 Poets Trio, and Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up; his collaborative duo with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum; the collective trio Thumbscrew (with Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek); and a diversity of creative work with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson, Matana Roberts, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum, Nicole Mitchell, Ben Goldberg, Tomeka Reid, Amir ElSaffar, Benoit Delbecq and many others. "Drummer Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting. His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint…A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope." (New York Times).

About Mary Halvorson

Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson has been described as "a singular talent" (Lloyd Sachs, JazzTimes), "NYC's least-predictable improviser" (Howard Mandel, City Arts), "one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz—or otherwise" (Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal), and "one of today's most formidable bandleaders" (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In recent Downbeat Critics Polls Halvorson has been celebrated as guitarist, rising star jazz artist and rising star composer of the year, and in 2019 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Halvorson has released a series of critically acclaimed albums on the Firehouse 12 label, most recently Artlessly Falling with her ensemble Code Girl. One of New York City's most in-demand guitarists, over the past decade Halvorson has worked with such diverse musicians as Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, John Dieterich, Trevor Dunn, Bill Frisell, Ingrid Laubrock, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Jessica Pavone, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot and John Zorn. She is also part of several collaborative projects, most notably the longstanding trio Thumbscrew with Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.

About Taylor Ho Bynum

'Bynum is a composer, performer and interdisciplinary collaborator, and a producer, organizer, teacher and writer. His expressionistic playing on cornet and expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention on over twenty recordings as a bandleader and dozens more as a sideman, including The Ambiguity Manifesto, a top-10 choice in the 2019 NPR Jazz Critics' Poll. His varied endeavors include leading his own bands, 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 served as executive director from 2010-2018, producing and performing on many major Braxton projects, including two operas and multiple festivals). Bynum has worked with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor and maintains current collaborative projects with Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Kyoko Kitamura, Joe Morris and Tomeka Reid, among others. He is currently the director of the Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth College, where he also teaches music history, composition and improvisation, and his writing has been published in the New Yorker, Point of Departure and Sound American.

About West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

Founded in 2008 as the Summer Concert Series at Union Church as an organization presenting outstanding musical performers, WCCMA officially adopted its identity in 2011 and expanded to include music and arts programs. Workshops are available in a variety of disciplines, and are offered for the general public and/or youth. WCCMA provides professional performances and arts education; much of it with admission by optional donation. Programs are offered for youth and the general public of all experience levels.

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