Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Harris Eisenstadt (drums), Alexander Hawkins (piano), and Dominic Lash (double bass)
THE CONVERGENCE QUARTET brings together four leaders of a generation of composer-improvisers who draw on a deep range of influences and traditions in their music. All established bandleaders in their own right, the band’s credits also include work, both live and on record, with many seminal names in contemporary jazz: Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Evan Parker, Mulatu Astatke, Sam Rivers, and Cecil Taylor, to name only a few. Through many hours on the road and in rehearsal, the group have forged their many and varied musical experiences into a uniquely innovative and coherent language, offering as a result a ‘powerful example of 21st-century musical catholicity’ (John Fordham, The Guardian) and ‘moments of magical innovation’ (Paul Medley, The Oxford Times). The group formed for their first tour in 2006; and have subsequently toured the UK on two further occasions, playing to enthusiastic festival, concert hall and club audiences throughout the country. Performances have included at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, and Newcastle; the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; two appearances at the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival (including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3); the London Jazz Festival; and, launching their second album, to a standing-room-only audience at the Coimbra International Jazz Festival in Portugal.