My Awarded Projects
Taylor Brook has studied composition with Brian Cherney in Montreal, Luc Brewaeys in Brussels, and Richard Carrick, George Lewis, and Georg Haas in New York. Brook has also studied Hindustani musical performance in Kolkata, India, with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. His music is often concerned with finely-tuned microtonal sonorities.
Brook writes concert music, music for video, and music for theater and dance, described as "gripping" and "engrossing" by the New York Times. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his compositions, including the MIVOS/Kantor prize, the Lee Ettelson award, and five SOCAN young composers awards. His music has been performed in North America, Asia, and Europe 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 new pieces for TAK ensemble, Loadbang ensemble, and a large-scale collaborative work with the Televiolet theater company.
Brook holds a master’s degree in music composition from McGill University. He currently resides in New York, where he is completing a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University and serving as the Assistant Conductor to Jeffrey Milarsky and the Columbia University Orchestra.
Five Weather Reports
Five Weather Reports was written for the TAK ensemble in the Winter of 2014 and utilizes live electronics and video by David Bird. The text set in this piece comes from excerpts of David Ohle’s 1974 science-fiction novel Motorman. Five Weather Reports consists of five songs that set bizarre and absurd weather reports that are heard over the radio by the Ohle’s protagonist, Moldenke. Although the book was published many decades ago, the text takes on an intensified contemporary meaning that speaks to health, the environment, and propaganda.
Ouaricon Songs, vol 1
Ouaricon Songs, vol 1, for baritone and string quartet, explores American folk music through historical recordings from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
“El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan”
The title of the work comes from a short story by Borges, which describes a conception of time where all possible outcomes of any given situation realized and co-exist. This idea speaks to alternate histories and the concept of multi-dimensionality or “many-worlds”. In this string quartet I have begun to imagine an alternate history of music, perhaps forking off somewhere in ancient times. In approaching this idea, I considered how musical development is influenced by perception and cognition and is built upon through notation and exposure.