ECSTATIC MUSIC: Tak Plays Brook out September 9th on New Focus Recordings
TAK is a quintet that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music. Their debut album “Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Taylor Brook” was released by New Focus Recordings in September 2016, to critical acclaim; it was featured as Q2 Music’s Album of the Week by WQXR, and was listed in the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2016 by The Boston Globe, which praised the “young, fearless players… fluid grace and confidence.” The ambitious ensemble “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing” (Q2 Music). Dedicated to the commissioning of new works and direct collaboration with composers and other artists, TAK promotes ambitious programming at the highest level, fostering engagement both within the contemporary music community and the artistic community at large.
TAK has performed throughout New York City in venues such as Roulette, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and Issue Project Room. In recent seasons, they have been invited to perform in collaboration with the American Composers Alliance, Innovations en concert (Montreal), i/o Fest (Williams College), and the Public Theater (NYC), and held artist residencies at Avaloch Farm (New Hampshire) and Mount Tremper Arts (New York). In the Summer of 2016, they worked with the Errata Collective of composers in Iceland to premiere a program of works in Isafjordur and at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.
TAK is dedicated to fostering experimentation with young composers, and has collaborated with a number of university composition programs on workshops, readings, and performances of new student works. Among these institutions are the Oberlin Modern Music Guild, the graduate composers of the "First Performance" student organization at New York University, and both the graduate and undergraduate composers of Columbia University. This season’s university residencies include Tulane, the University of New Orleans, and McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Among the long list of artists that TAK has collaborated with are esteemed composers Mario Diaz de Leon, Lewis Nielson, Erin Gee, Tyshawn Sorey, Sam Pluta, Ashkan Behzadi, Natacha Diels, David Bird, and Taylor Brook.
Upcoming projects include a collaborative commissioning project with the Montreal-based percussion quartet Architek, a several-week run of "The Power of Emotion" with TELE-Violet Theater, an "Iceland in New York" festival at Scandinavia House with Errata Collective and NYC-based quartet loadbang, and releasing a new album with Mario Diaz de Leon and Denovali Records.