Saturday, 19 August 2017

Solo viola concert at YIAP, Brussels 2016

In September 2016 I had the pleasure of playing a solo set at YIAP in Brussels. Always a pleasure to play there! 

Thanks to Peter Friess for hosting us at his super arts venue, and for making this film. Also thanks to Maurice Charles JJ for his programming ideas and for making the recording.



Friday, 18 August 2017

Cubitt Arts Picnic, London

On Saturday 19th July I'll be smashing it up with my conspirator in arms Neil Luck

https://cubittartists.org.uk/2017/07/17/cubitts-arts-picnic-19th-august/

ImproCON in Croatia & concerts in Slovenia. AMAZING!

What a superb time making music at improCON in Croatia, followed by concerts in Slovenia. 

Great music from over 70 great artists from all over the world. Then two excellent concerts in Slovenia with some of the participants who all wound up in Ljubljana! 

Check out this ACE organisation & event. They are doing exciting things:



Huge thanks to the entire improCON team of visionaries, all the artists, photographers and thinkers involved. Also huge thanks to all those involved in putting on and playing the post convention concerts in Ljubljana & Vrhnika. 

A few snaps. There are apparently hundreds more.....





 









Pat Thomas Residency - Cafe Oto

Had a wonderful time playing with Pat Thomas and ACE ensemble as part of his four day residency at Cafe Oto at the end of July.

This guy is OFF THE HOOK!




The Two Bennys at Cafe Oto

The glorious return of the Two Bennys at Cafe Oto in July.

A smashing time was had! 

Great to see these two undiscovered geniuses of music history getting the research & attention they deserve...

The Two Bennys 2017 (Benedict Taylor & Adam de la Cour) 


Friday, 30 June 2017

Duo Album Launch "Hidden Bomba" by Chris Cundy and Benedict Taylor

Launching soon on Linear Obsessional Chris Cundy and I are thrilled to have the release of our duo Hidden Bomba.

Everything about this album has been a real pleasure - making it in the beautiful chapel in Cheltenham. Having the superb Chris Trent come all the way to record us, and then mix and master the music. Now handing it over to the great Richard Sanderson of Linear Obsessional to take it forward as a published work. Many thanks to all those involved.

Hard copies are coming as early as this weekend and keep your eyes on the website for the online launch: http://www.linearobsessional.org


Monday, 19 June 2017

Oysters Film Premiere - East London Film Festival

It was great to see Oysters screen at the East London Film Festival on the 17th June 2017. 

I had a great time composing the music for this film, and it was great to hear such positive responses at the festival from the audience at Rich Mix!

Keep you eyes open for other screenings...

Friday, 9 June 2017

BLOODY HELL - THE VIOLA & THE HUMAN VOICE ARE THE SAME AFTER ALL!!!

Everyone was right...the viola and the human voice are THE SAME. I wish I'd paid more attention to all non violists and non vocalists who told me that over the last 20 years....

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Composer residency with Chicago Modern Orchestra Project

A fantastic week was had in the USA during the first part of my composer residency with Chicago Modern Orchestra Project.

I was kept extremely busy with concerts in Chicago and the surrounding area, lots of new composing, meetings with artists of the city, workshops in Montessori schools, art installations, recordings & experimental film screenings. Additionally there was a little time to taste the local food and beer (AKA "essentials"), and have a look around the iconic architecture of the downtown area. ACE.

Huge thanks to Renee Baker & CMOP for this wonderful opportunity. Looking forward to more exciting plans.....


Monday, 5 June 2017

Guerrillas In Transit - Premiere in Chicago!

Fantastic to premiere my newest work in the 'Guerrillas' series - Guerrillas In Transit - written during my residency with Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. I performed it with Renee Baker at Phantom Gallery Chicago on the 4th June 2017.

Here is a snippet of the score: 
























© 2017 Benedict Taylor. All rights reserved.


Incomplete Score. Directives & several pages omitted. 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Caged Guerrillas - album & score launched

Caged Guerrillas is a studio album for viola & distorted viola. It is based on my composed score of the same name by which is the 2nd work in the series 'Guerrillas'. 

The album is released as a series of limited edition discs. Each album printing has a different selection of the recordings of the score. No run of discs is ever the same. 


The performance is based on many cut up elements of the score used as 'flashcards'. Some are long, some are short. There are 35 in total. A disc run will have varying amounts of the works selected at random. 


The works are both natural and distorted, imposing limitations and thus caging the music production of the artist by means of both sonic treatment and the utilising of a composed score. But, the score is interpretive and the distorting of sound a choice, so the artist is both caged and uncaged by these all these processes. Contradictions are fun. Get the online album here: 

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A taste of the score:


released June 3, 2017 

Benedict Taylor - solo viola & distorted viola 


Score - Benedict Taylor 

Album artwork - collaged cut up of the original score by Benedict Taylor

New scores: Guerrillas 2016


Here's a quick look at my new series of scores - Guerrillas. The first work Guerrillas 2016 premiered at Nonclassical, London in the autumn of 2016. Forthcoming works in the series in 2017 include Caged Guerrillas & Guerrillas In Transit. Keep an eye out.....






© 2016 Benedict Taylor. All rights reserved.
Incomplete Score. Directives & several pages omitted. 


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Posting stuff really can be a pain in the arse! That's why I hardly ever do it. Soz.

I've got some very nice gigs happening, albums coming out and compositions for films, theatre and some mixed ensemble happening.