TAK is a quintet of that delivers energetic and virtuosic performance of “21st century chamber music that combines crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex.” (WIRE Magazine). 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” (New Sounds, WQXR). 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 within and outside of the music community.

TAK’s debut album Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Taylor Brook was released on New Focus Recordings in 2016 and was featured as Q2 Music’s Album of the Week by WQXR and listed in the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2016 by the Boston Globe, which praised the “young, fearless players…fluid grace and confidence.” Their second album, Sanctuary with Mario Diaz de Leon was released on Denovali Records. Their third album, Oor—with works by Natacha Diels, Tyshawn Sorey, Ann Cleare, Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird, and Erin Gee—was the inaugural release on their in-house label, TAK editions. 

Upcoming commissions include a series of long-duration works from Michelle Lou, Eric Wubbels, Taylor Brook, Brandon Lopez, and DM R (Diana M. Rodriguez), as well as new works from Bethany Younge, Julien Malaussena, David Bird, and Natacha Diels. Performances in the 2019-2020 season include performances at New Ear Festival, Miller Theater, Oberlin College and Conservatory, University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University, and on Line Upon Line Percussion’s series in Austin, TX. 

Recent engagements include residences at Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the Delian Academy in Greece, as well as performances at Cluster Festival, Look and Listen Festival, Resonant Bodies Festival, the U.S. Library of Congress, and Harpa in Iceland.


 General Contact: Contact@TAKensemble.com
Laura Cocks, Executive director: Laura@takensemble.com

TAK is : Madison Greenstone, Laura Cocks, Ellery Trafford, Marina Kifferstein, and Charlotte Mundy

Photograph by David Bird


P  R  O  G  R  A  M  S

 

 

CENTILOQUOY

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


IMPOSSIBLE TASKS:

Empty Empty Church of Plenty (60’) - Brandon Lopez (2019)

at midnight i walked into the middle of the desert (13’) - Bethany Younge (2019)

THE BLOOMING BODY:

Interbeing (35’) - Eric Wubbels (2020)

Bloom (30’) - Michelle Lou (2020)

new work (12’ /2019) - Diana Marcela Rodriguez (2020

 

 

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

TAK is dedicated to working with young composers, and has collaborated with a number of university composition programs, including: Oberlin  Conservatory, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Boston University, the Delian Academy, New York University, Tulane University, New Orleans University, Williams College, the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program, Juilliard Music Advancement Program, the Delian Academy of New Music and with the graduate and undergraduates programs of 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 student composers and build their bodies of work 

•Custom-made programs to match institution-specific needs


 

 

P  R  E  S  S

 

"New York new-music chamber ensemble TAK pins down the musical magical realism of emerging composer Taylor Brook. These young, fearless players navigate Brook’s mechanized instruments and alternate tunings with fluid grace and confidence." (the Boston Globe)

“21st century chamber music that combines crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex.” (WIRE Magazine)

"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)

"Mr. Diaz de Leon sells his vision with aplomb on a new album performed by the TAK Ensemble and the composer himself (on synthesizer, naturally). The edgy electronic timbres can serve a range of compositional functions: contrasting dramatically with the purity of a soprano’s sound, in one moment, before finding, in the bass clarinet, a partner in grain." (the New York Times)

“I found myself having a thought that I would return to many times throughout this program. New music can be strange, intimate, challenging, and moving, and in capable hands, can be all four at once…For the fifth time that night, I found myself almost entirely outside of time, so engrossed in the performance that I honestly could not give an accurate break-down of the roughly 90 minute program.” (Sequenza 21)

“Marino’s unique combination of music, word, image, and absurd humor emphasized the TAK Ensemble’s commitment to questioning the rules of music and performance and their success in presenting it.” (I Care if You Listen - about Jessie Marino’s Portrait of a Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling world premiere)

"The TAK Ensemble plays with great discipline and sensitivity...Diaz de Leon could scarcely ask for a more faithful set of collaborators than the TAK Ensemble." (I Care If You Listen)

"The edgy electronic timbres can serve a range of compositional functions: contrasting dramatically with the purity of a soprano’s sound, in one moment, before finding, in the bass clarinet, a partner in grain." (the New York Times)

"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 Audio

TAK ensemble plays Series Imposture by David Bird


 

OOR

TAK editions

May 2019

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Mouthpiece 28, Erin Gee 

Az Hoosh mi.., Ashkan Behzadi 

Series Imposture, David Bird 

Unable to Create an Offscreen World (c), Ann Cleare 

Ornations, Tyshawn Sorey 

6The Colors Don’t Match, Natacha Diels 

 

Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Brook

New Focus Recordings:

September 2016


Ecstatic Music

Idolum

Five Weather Reports

Amalgam

Mario Diaz de Leon and TAK ensemble

SANCTUARY

Denovali Records

September 2017

Sanctuary

Track Listing: 

1. Blades of Light 

2. Balance 

3. Heart Cave 

4. Seraph Synapse 

5. Sanctuary 

6. Tongues of Fire 


 

 

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

•Vicente Hansen Atria - cache (cache) (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, accordion, trumpet, and soprano
•Doug Balliett - The Albertine Workout (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Ashkan Behzadi - Romance de la luna, luna (2013)
•Ashkan Behzadi - Love, Crystal, and Stone (2018)
•David Bird - SERIES IMPOSTURE (2012)
    flute, clarinet, percussion, soprano
•David Bird - Descartes and the Clockwork Girl (2017)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano, and optional percussion quartet
•David Bird - Lonleyhearts (2018)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and soprano/actor
•Myriam Bleau - Separation/space (2017)
    for nine players
•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
•Taylor Brook - Pulses (2017)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano, and percussion quartet
•Isaiah Ceccarelli - A Song About Saint Edward the Confessor (2017)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano, and percussion quartet
•Eliska Cilkova - No-Ha, Noise of the Human Art (2014)
    flute, clarinet, violin, soprano
•Mario Diaz De Leon - Sanctuary (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
•Aaron Einbond - Graphology (2015)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and solo cello
•Aaron Einbond - Hidden in Plain Sight (2018)
    clarinet, percussion, cello, soprano, and baritone
 

•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
•Alec Hall - The House of Influence (2018)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano, baritone, two dancers
•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
•Marina Kifferstein - The Master of Such Moments (2016)
    soprano and violin
•Michelle Lou - *new work* (2019)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and soprano
•Sky Macklay - Six Years Six Days (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, soprano
•Julien Malaussena- *new work* (2020)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and soprano
•Jessie Marino- *new work* (2019)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and soprano
•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
•Emily Praetorious - Being. Pulse. Etude. Maybe. (2016)
    flute, violin, percussion, soprano
•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
•Lucié Vitkova - Related (2016)
    flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and soprano


 

 

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