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TAK

New York City, NY               

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. 

TAK ensemble is Laura Cocks / Madison Greenstone / Marina Kifferstein / Ellery Trafford / Charlotte Mundy with technical directors, David Bird and Taylor Brook

Idolum : Taylor Brook

Laura Cocks, flute; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Ellery Trafford, Guitar Machine; Liam Kinson, Guitar Machine – – Recorded at Columbia Computer Music Center, March 28, 2015 – –
Filmed by Bart Cortwright and Hooke Audio, captured in 3d audio by Hooke.

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Series Imposture : David Bird

Laura Cocks, flute; Liam Kinson, clarinet; Ellery Trafford, percussion; Charlotte Mundy, voice – – Recorded at Manhattan School of Music, November 15 2014 – – Composed by David Bird,
filmed by Bernhard Fasenfest,
audio Engineer, Taylor Brook

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Mouthpiece 28

Mouthpiece 28 by Erin Gee
Written for TAK in 2015

Recorded by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio
Edited and produced by David Bird and Laura Cocks
Filmed by Cutting Bird Media
Edited and produced by Laura Cocks and David Bird
Directed by TAK

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