Idolum for flute, violin, and two guitar machines by Taylor Brook, captured in 3D by Hooke Audio

Series Imposture by David Bird. Videography by David Bird and Bernhard Fasenfest

Five Weather Reports for soprano, ensemble, and electronics by Taylor Brook. Projections by David Bird, Videography by Bernhard Fasenfest.

What Though That Light by Peter Kramer, joined by Tristan McKay, piano. 


 
 

on New Focus Recordings

 
 

track listing:

Ecstatic Music

for percussion and violin

 

Five Weather Reports

for soprano, ensemble, electronics, and video

 

Idolum

for flute, violin, and two guitar machines

 

Amalgam

for flute, clarinet, violin, percussion

 

Join us in Speyer Hall on September 24th at 8:00 pm for the official release party.


Thanks to the amazing individuals who helped make this album possible: David Ohle, Meg Taylor, Alan Kifferstein, Joan Finkelstein, Edmund Trafford, Michaelene Gorney, Joshua Rubin, Leslie Bird, Lisa Rainsberger, Timothy Brook, Rogert Gottesman, Maureen Farrell, Nina C. Young, Chaya Czernowin, Jae Cameron, Shawn Jaeger, Sky Macklay, Emilio Tirado, Alissa Cheung, and the Columbia Computer Music Center and Alice M. Ditson Fund


Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Brook presents four recent works by composer Taylor Brook, interpreted by TAK Ensemble, a “stellar” quintet (flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, and voice) featuring some of New York’s most adventurous new music performers. The album is the product of years of collaboration between Brook and TAK, and captures the range of Brook’s compositional voice, as well as TAK’s dedication to bold, highly communicative new music. 





More About the Album

T A Y L O R   B R O O K ,   C O M P O S E R

Taylor Brook has studied composition with Brian Cherney in Montreal, Luc Brewaeys in Brussels, and George Lewis, and Georg Haas in New York. Brook has also studied Hindustani musical performance in Kolkata, India, with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya.

Brook writes concert music, music for video, and music for theater and dance. His work has been performed around the world and has been described as “gripping” and “engrossing” by the New York Times. Brook has won numerous awards and prizes for his compositions, including the MIVOS/Kantor prize, the Lee Ettelson award, and five SOCAN young composers awards. Brook has been a finalist in the Gaudeamus prize and was awarded honorable mention for the Jules Leger prize two years in a row. His music has been performed by ensembles and soloists such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatour Bozzini, JACK Quartet, MIVOS quartet, Talea Ensemble, Ascolta Ensemble, and many others. Brook’s current projects include a new work for Talea Ensemble as well as a continued collaboration with Televiolet Theater (New York) on The Power of Emotion opera project.

Brook holds a master’s degree in music composition from McGill University. He currently resides in New York City, where he is completing a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University and serving as the Assistant Conductor to Jeffrey Milarsky for the Columbia University Orchestra.


T H E   P I E C E S 

Five Weather Reports sets the bizarre radio transmissions from David Ohle's seminal novel, Motorman, speaking to issues of environment, health, and propaganda. 

COMPOSED IN 2014 BY TAYLOR BROOK FILMED BY BERNHARD FASENFEST AT SHAPESHIFTER LAB.


 Idolum is a piece that mixes flute and violin with custom-built instruments created by Brook, best described as a Theremin-guitar hybrid. Powered by two Arduino control- lers connected to distance sensors and DC motors, this contraption allows guitar strings to be excited by gesturing with one's hands. 

COMPOSED IN 2015 BY TAYLOR BROOK.

CAPTURED BY 3D AUDIO TECH STARTUP, HOOKE AUDIO, FOR HOOKE LIVE SESSIONS.

Also featured on Buzzfeed, and The Creator's Project


Ecstatic Music is a high-energy, bombastic, and entirely acoustic piece. Five Weather Reports is a slowly evolving narrative with a rich tapestry of electronic and live instru- mental sound; and Idolum bridges the two with the quasi-electronic sounds of the custom instruments.

COMPOSED IN 2010 BY TAYLOR BROOK  


 AmalgAm is a new work for TAK that focus- es on virtuoso ensemble playing by taking different approaches to unisons to create a unified whole from the five-member ensemble. By using the full range of instru- mental techniques, Amalgam attempts to unify the ensemble in building complex monophonic and heterophonic text 

COMPOSITION IN PROGRESS BY TAYLOR BROOK.

TAK WILL SPEND THE LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL REHEARSING AND WORKSHOPPING THIS NEW WORK WITH THE COMPOSER.


Thanks to Future-Past Studios and Patrick Higgins!

Thanks to Future-Past Studios and Patrick Higgins!