TAK is a quintet that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music. 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. 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.”

 

Recent engagements include: performances at Resonant Bodies Festival, premiering new works by Mario Diaz de Leon and Lewis Nielson at Roulette Intermedium, ErraTAK: TAK tours Iceland in collaboration with the Errata Collective, Saturation Concrête in collaboration with Qubit and Séverine Ballon, headlining Niente/Forte Festival in New Orleans in conjunction with Tulane University, and collaborating with American Opera Project for the premiere of Jingjing Luo's ASHIMA.

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.


Contact: 
General: TAKensemble@gmail.com
Laura Cocks, director: Laura.Jordan.Cocks@gmail.com

TAK is (from left to right): Marina Kifferstein, Charlotte Mundy, Laura Cocks, Liam Kinson, and Ellery Trafford


 

 

P  R  O  G  R  A  M  S

 

 

C O  N  D  I  T  I  O  N  S

COMMITMENT : RITUAL I : BIIM
- Jessie Marino -
Percussion, lights and electronics
(Ëp)Creap'ng
- Julien Malaussena -
flute, violin, and percussion
Five Weather Reports
- Taylor Brook -
soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, video

The Color's Don't Match
- Natacha Diels -
soprano, flute, violin, clarinet, percussion, live electronics

Escape Strategies (pop-pop-pop?-float away!)
- Sam Pluta -
flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and live electronics

Mouthpiece 28
- Erin Gee -
soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion

 

C  O  N  S  E  Q  U  E  N  T  S

 

unable to create an offscreen world (c)
- Ann Cleare -
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion

Super Flumina Babylonis
- Lewis Nielson -
soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion

Mouthpiece 28
- Erin Gee -
soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion

Voi(Rex)
- Philippe Leroux -
soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano

AMID
- Simon Steen-Andersen -
flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, guitar, piano

 

 

C  E  N  T  I  L  O  Q  U  Y

Ornations
- Tyshawn Sorey -
flute, contrabass clarinet

Nucleus
- Alex Mincek-
bass clarinet and percussion

Only the words themselves mean what they say
- Kate Soper -
soprano and flute

The Tempest (A Masque)
- John Zorn -
flute, clarinet, percussion

Ecsatic Music
- Taylor Brook -
violin, percussion

Series Imposture
- David Bird - 
soprano, flute, clarinet, percussion


 

 

E  D U  C  A  T  I  O  N   /   W  O  R  K  S  H  O  PS

TAK is dedicated to working with young composers, and has collaborated with a number of university composition programs, including: Oberlin College and Conservatory, New York University, Tulane University, New Orleans University, Williams College, and with the graduate and undergraduates at Columbia University.

We have several educational offerings as independent events or in conjunction with public performances:

•Workshops and masterclasses for composers and performers on contemporary repertoire and techniques

•Seminars on entrepreneurship and professional development

•Residencies with universities to showcase students composers and build their bodies of work 

•Custom-made programs to match institution-specific needs


 

 

P  R  E  S  S

"My first encounter with TAK Ensemble quite took my breath away. This intrepid quintet...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.... As titillating and irresistible a band as we have on the new music scene today." (Q2 Music)

"TAK Ensemble blended synthetic sounds in restless strands of ever-shifting color and vigor" (Feast of Music)

"Haunting" (Vice's Creator's Project)

"Sound porn" (Buzzfeed)

"deeply thought out and replete with paradoxes...bands of magical realism stripe Ecstatic Music as well, and the players perform with the fearlessness that Brook’s music requires...sensual and unsettling" (Q2 Music, Album of the Week)


 

 

V I D E O   &   R  E C O R  D I N G

TAK ensemble plays Idolum by Taylor Brook—captured in 3D audio by Hooke Audi




TAK ensemble plays Series Imposture by David Bird

 

 

Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Brook

New Focus Recordings:

September 2016

Track Listing:

Ecstatic Music

Idolum

Five Weather Reports

Amalgam


 

 

C  O  M  M  I  S  S  I  O  N  E  D    R  E  P  E  R  T  O  I  R  E

• Doug Balliett - The Albertine Workout (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Ashkan Behzadi - Romance de la luna, luna (2013)
    soprano, violin, percussion
•David Bird - SERIES IMPOSTURE (2012)
    flute, clarinet, percussion, soprano
•Taylor Brook - Five Weather Reports (2014)
    soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, electronics
•Taylor Brook - Idolum (2014)
    flute, violin, two guitar machines
•Taylor Brook - Amalgam (2015)
    soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion
•Taylor Brook - The Power of Emotion (2014-16)
    flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, soprano
•Evan Caplinger - Close Turn Pan (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion
•Jacob Chapman - For Alfred (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion
•Eliska Cilkova - No-Ha, Noise of the Human Art (2014)
    flute, clarinet, violin, soprano
•Jeremy Corren - Knell (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, percussion, soprano
•Mario Diaz De Leon - O Ignis Spiritus (2015-16)
    flute, clarinet, percussion, soprano, electronics
•Natacha Diels - The Colors Don’t Match (2014-15)
    piccolo, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano, electronics
•Jesse Diener-Bennett - Seven for Two (2013)
    soprano, percussion
•William Dougherty - Intimate Sounds (2014)
    clarinet, violin, cello, soprano
•Petter Ekman - What if I... (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano

 

•Erin Gee - Mouthpiece 28 (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Bára Gísladóttir - Suzuki Baleno (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Zak Hap - A Little Called Pauline (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion
•Haukur Þór Harðarson - Détachment (2016)
flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Bryan Jacobs - Low Loud Low Lout (2014)
    violin, percussion, accordion
•Finnur Karlsson - From the Filter (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Nathaniel Lindstrom - Toccata (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion
•Lewis Nielson - Super Flumina Babylonis (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Sam Pluta - Escape Strategies (2014)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, electronics
•Marek Poliks - hull. not continent (2014)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, electric guitar
•Matthew Ricketts - Ms. Speaker (2013-15)
    soprano, flute, clarinet, violin
•John Rot - merely to open her mouth (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Halldór Smárason - 1972 (2014)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, electronics, chess players
•Tyshawn Sorey - Ornations (2014)
     flute, contra-bass clarinet
•Garrick Trapp - Two Days (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, voice


 

 

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