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TAK is a quintet that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music. Described as “stellar” (Oneirics), and full of “restless strands of ever ­shifting color and vigor” (Feast of Music), TAK concerts are consistently dynamic and engaging. The group frequently collaborates with video artists, installation artists, and experimental theater companies to create immersive concert experiences on a multi-media level. 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. 

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. They have held artist residencies at Avaloch Farm (New Hampshire) and Mount Tremper Arts (New York). In recent seasons, they have been invited to perform in collaboration with the American Composers Alliance, the Queens New Music Festival (Queens, NY), Innovations en concert (Montreal), and the Public Theater (NYC). 

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, 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. 

Dedicated to the commission of new works and direct collaboration with composers and other artists, TAK promotes ambitious programming at the highest level. TAK fosters engagement both within the contemporary music community, through bringing in guest artists and collaborators, and the musical community at large. Through working with installation artists, theater companies, and video artists, TAK aims to broaden the scope and diversity of their audience interaction. 

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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The Colors Don’t Match : Natacha Diels

Laura Cocks, flute; Liam Kinson, clarinet; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Ellery Trafford, percussion; Charlotte Mundy, voice; David Broome, live electronics – – Recorded at Issue Project Room, December 8, 2014

“The yellow wire connects to the yellow clip.
The red clip connects to the red button.
The green button connects to the brown lead…
And all chaos ensues.
Written for TAK, The Colors Don’t Match is a battle between labels and willpower.” – Natacha Diels

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