Taylor Brook is a composer of concert music for large and small ensembles, both acoustically as well as using electronics and new technologies. Brook also writes music for video produced by visual artists, and music for theater and dance.
Described as “gripping” and “engrossing” by the New York Times, his compositions have won numerous awards and prizes. His music has been performed around the world by ensembles and soloists such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatuor Bozzini, JACK Quartet, MIVOS quartet, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Ascolta, and others. Brook has won several SOCAN Young Composers awards, including two first place prizes and the grand prize in 2016 for his solo cello piece, Song.
Brook has studied composition with Brian Cherney in Montreal, Luc Brewaeys in Brussels, and George Lewis and Georg Haas in New York. In Kolkata, India, he studied Hindustani musical performance with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. His music is often concerned with finely tuned microtonal sonorities, combining his interest in exploring the perceptual qualities of sound with an individual sense of beauty and form.
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 with Fred Lerdahl.
Coil, for solo tabla and tape, was written for Shawn Mativetsky. The tape part for Coil was made in the Winter of 2013 and was produced with a custom-made computer-improvisation program of my own creation. After making an extensive sample library of an acoustic guitar, a MAX/MSP patch was created that improvises pitches based on probability curves. What is unusual about this program is that it understands pitch as interval and may call upon a rich palette of extended just intonation ratios. After writing the rhythms of the solo tabla part, these notes were elaborated upon and fed into the computer improviser to create a kind of extended rhythmic unison.