TAK Is a New York based chamber ensemble that delivers energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music through their, “restless strands of ever-shifting color and vigor,” (Feast of Music). They frequently collaborate with video and installation artists and experimental theater to create immersive concert experiences.
TAK has had the pleasure of working with esteemed composers, Sam Pluta, Marek Poliks, Mario Diaz de Leon, Natacha Diels, David Bird, Taylor Brook, Halldór Smárason, John Rot, and others. They have performed throughout New York City in spaces such as Roulette (for Roulette’s 35th birthday party/benefit), New Amsterdan Records Headquarters, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Issue Project Room, and front a concert series at Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. They were recently invited by the Oberlin Modern Music Guild to give a masterclass and performance in the Oberlin Conservatory's Fairchild Chapel and to work with the graduate composers of Columbia University for the December Columbia Composers Concert.
Upcoming performances presented by the American Composers Alliance (ACA), an evening of world premieres written for TAK at Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, new works by Lewis Nielson, Mario Diaz de Leon, and John Rot as well as album length recordings of the work of Taylor Brook and Mario Diaz de Leon.
TAK is Laura Cocks, Liam Kinson, Marina Kifferstein, Ellery Trafford, and Charlotte Mundy.
The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a hybrid music ensemble and creative production hub that is putting “a new face on classical music” (NPR Deceptive Cadence) and “leading [the] unlikely intersection of classical music and fashion” (The New York Times). NCP began by collaborating with fashion designers to create music-inspired looks to be worn by musicians and has since expanded to pursuing imaginative projects that go beyond the traditional concert format.
NCP’s mission is to promote the creation and production of new work by creating a collaborative space for composers and musicians to work with visual artists and fashion designers. Their unique fashion partnerships have garnered interest from new and younger listeners for new music as well as exposed emerging composers to new audiences. Through modern and innovative ways of presenting new music, NCP continually reaches unexpected audiences beyond the classical music world.
They have performed at many exciting venues, including (le) poisson rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Korea Gallery, Symphony Space, The Center for Fiction, Issue Project Room as part of MATA’s Interval series, as well as the fashion shows of CFDA winner Pamela Love, Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, Tanya Taylor, and more. Performances for Spring 2014 include a concert at SubCulture in New York, a performance at the fashion show of 2014 Ecco Domani award-winning designer Novis, the Kempner Collection launch party, and the premiere of Potential Energies at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Fishman Space on May 29, 2014.
NCP is soprano Amanda Gregory; flutist Laura Cocks; clarinetist Isabel Kim; violinist Marina Kifferstein; cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman; and Artistic Director and pianist Sugar Vendil.