Taylor Ho Bynum begins musical odyssey from Vancouver to San Diego

The Acoustic Bicycle Tour: endurance and improv.

Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum in concert: Still from Vimeo

Taylor Ho Bynum is riding his bicycle for 1,800 miles, with only a musical instrument for company. Though traveling solo, Bynum will not be alone.

Bynum begins the Acoustic Bicycle Tour today, August 28, with a sunset concert at Wreck Beach. From there, he heads south.

The Acoustic Bicycle Tour will take Bynum from Vancouver down the Pacific Coast, all the way to San Diego.

Aside from his trusty cornet (kind of like a trumpet) and presumably a few spare inner tubes, Bynum will have allies along the way. He'll perform solo and with local musical groups. The overall journey will form a larger musical composition.

One is reminded of Ondekoza, the Japanese drumming troupe which ran over 9,300 miles during a three-year tour of America in the early Nineties.

When traveling 1,800 miles by bicycle, weight matters. "There are advantages," said Bynum, "in playing an instrument that's both portable and acoustic."

Arduous art

The tour is as much performance art as it is a musical journey, and anything can (and may) happen. In describing the project, Bynum said, "The music I make is all about the juxtaposition of composition and improvisation."

Bynum plans to complete his journey on October 1, with a sunrise concert on the Mexican border. As he explains in the video below, Bynum sees a bicycle tour as a reaction to –– and penance for –– the typical bus- and plane-based touring schedule, where the performer only sees the venue and the motel room.

Taylor Ho Bynum presents at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat from Creative Capital on Vimeo.

In an email to fans and supporters, Bynum wrote,

I'm incredibly excited for the dozens of incredible musical collaborators I'll be working with on the way. I'm also excited for the things I don't know will happen yet - the surprises along the journey, spontaneous performances in parks and on beaches, illuminating conversations with strangers, delicious meals in unexpected places. I'm also kind of terrified (rain, potholes, exhaustion, UFOs, Sasquatch, etc), but in a good way (I think).

Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour is funded through Creative Capital, which has so far contributed $30 million in financial and in-kind support for artistic works.

Keep an eye the Acoustic Bicycle Tour blog to see how Taylor Ho Bynum's journey progresses.

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