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 and “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). Noted for their “restless strands of ever ­shifting color and vigor” (Feast of Music), "these young, fearless players navigate...with fluid grace and confidence" (The Boston Globe)TAK concerts are consistently dynamic and engaging. 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, through bringing in guest artists and collaborators, and the musical community at large. 

The members of TAK are each "individual virtuosos" in their own right (Lucy Shelton), and have performed individually across North America and Europe with ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, and Grammy­-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. TAK has performed throughout New York City in spaces such as Roulette, New Amsterdam Records Headquarters, 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), the Queens New Music Festival (Queens, NY), and the Public Theater (NYC); they have held artist residencies at Avaloch Farm (New Hampshire) and Mount Tremper Arts (New York). TAK has had the pleasure of working with esteemed composers Mario Diaz de Leon, Lewis Nielson, Tyshawn Sorey, Sam Pluta, Ashkan Behzadi, Natacha Diels, David Bird, and Taylor Brook, among many others. 

TAK is dedicated to working with young composers, and has collaborated with a number of university composition programs to produce concerts of new commissions. Among these institutions are the Oberlin Modern Music Guild, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Williams College, the graduate composers of the "First Performance" student organization at New York University, and both the graduate and undergraduate composers of Columbia University for their Columbia Composers Concerts. 

Upcoming projects include a commissioning collaboration with Montreal-based, Architek percussion quartet; a several-week run of "The Power of Emotion" with TELE-Violet Theater;  teaming up with Errata Collective and loadbang for a multi-day "Iceland in New York" festival; working with students at McGill University; and releasing our second album with Mario Diaz de Leon and Denovali Records. 

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Projects & programs

Projects & programs


Upcoming events include the world premiere of John Rot's piece and the final performances from our international call for scores winners on 1/27; performing the works of Columbia University's graduate composition students; recording Mario Diaz de Leon's O Ignis Spiritus for Denovali Records; highlighting Tulane University's Niente/Forte Festival; and premiering of works by Myriam Bleau, Taylor Brook, David Bird, Isaiah Ceccarelli, and several others. 


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The Colors Don’t Match
- Natacha Diels -
for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and live electronics

- Julien Malaussena -
for flute, violin, and percussion

Escape Strategies (Pop! Pop! Pop? Float Away…)
- Sam Pluta -
for flute, clarinet, violin, percussion,  and live electronics 

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

Five Weather Reports
- Taylor Brook -
for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, live electronics, and video projection


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

- Tyshawn Sorey -
for flute and contrabass clarinet

Ecstatic Music
- Taylor Brook -
for violin and percussion

- Tyshawn Sorey -
for flute and contrabass clarinet

- Alex Mincek -
for clarinet and percussion

Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say
- Kate Soper -
for soprano and flute

The Tempest (a masque)
- John Zorn -
for flute, clarinet, percussion


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

- Philippe Leroux -
for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

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

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

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


- Halldór Smárason -
For soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and live chess player

Suzuki Baleno
- Bára Gisladóttir -
For soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, and percussion

What if I…
- Petter Ekman -
For soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, and percussion

- Haukur Þór Harðarson -
For soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion

From the Filter
- Finnur Karlson -
For soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion