Monday, 20 November 2017

Solo concert at Jazz en Nord Festival, France

It was super to travel to Lille at the weekend to perform solo at the amazing Jazz en Nord Festival. 

It was also perhaps my first festival concert which was a pre-lunch, sunday morning ordeal, with the music followed by a marvellous wine brunch. Indeed as we chatted afterwards, my friend Claude Colpaert (founder of the fest, programmer of this solo concert series for 20 years) mentioned 'we have some wine to drink' to which the various replies heard were mostly 'welcome to France' - it was about time for my 3rd morning coffee - but true enough, wine was a WAY BETTER idea! 

Huge thanks to Claude and all at Jazz en Nord for inviting me for this special performance. Amazing to perform at this solo concert series, running for 20 years, and featuring too many great artists (an intimidating thing to think on, of a saturday night before a sunday morning performance...)

Check out the festival here: http://www.jazzenord.com/?m=20171119





ACE duo with Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg at The Klinker Club

Great to reconnect with the brilliant vocalist Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg on Friday night.

Also especially fun to play at the legendary Klinker Club for the first night.

A wonderful concert was had!

It also kicks off a new collaboration for our duo. We continue in Belgium in december...













Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Japan Tour 2017 - Miya & Benedict Taylor

It is wonderful to return to Tokyo in 2017 to continue working with my good friend and colleague, the superb flautist Miya, with some amazing invited guest artists!

After first working together in 2010, we have since been able to continue playing in different countries including the UK, Malaysia, India and Japan.

After some ace concerts in Tokyo in 2012, it is great to be back in town.

Looking forward to a jam packed week of concerts and workshops, starting tonight at Kichijoji MEG, joined by the excellent Akira Sakata on alto sax.



Keep up with the tour here (and if in Japan come along!) and of course facebook, twitter etc etc......

But for best results, go to the source:

http://miya-music.com/MBJPTOUR

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Hungry at BFI London Film Festival 2017 opening weekend!

It's a real pleasure to see The Hungry screening at the BFI London Film Festival on the 7th & 8th of October. I had a blast composing and recording the music for this film, and can't wait to see it up on the big screen.

Congratulations to Bornila Chatterjee, Kurban Kassam & Tanaji Dasgupta, Film London, Cinestaan Film Company and all the superb creatives and crew from the UK and India who made this happen.

Anyone in town who fancies a night at the movies, come and check out this very exciting new film:

The Hungry at BFI London Film Festival



Monday, 25 September 2017

Super album launch at Linear Obsessional with the great Chris Cundy

We had a wonderful time at Linear Obsessional launching our new duo album Hidden Bomba (Cundy & Taylor) and enjoying a choice afternoon of music and spoken word!

Watch this space for Hidden Bomba tour dates in the winter and spring of 2018.....

Check out the album here: https://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-bomba

Here's a few snaps from the launch:

Benedict Taylor 

Benedict Taylor & Chris Cundy  


Chris Cundy  

Benedict Taylor 

Richard Sanderson 'The Boss'


SPARC - Touch Symposium: Wonderful time performing my new solo viola work at Touching Sound

I had a super time playing a new solo viola work at Touch Symposium created by Sound Practice And Research @ City. It may be called 'Yet to be named, if ever. Discuss'

A really fascinating weekend of performances and discussions. Thank you for having me along. What a pleasure it was!

Check these guys out, they're doing stuffs...

https://www.sparc.london/touch-symposium


Benedict Taylor


Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Hungry premieres at Toronto International Film Festival

Catch it while you can if you're in Canada right now!

Very exciting to have our film The Hungry premiere at TIFF this year. It was great composing the music for this fascinating film.

Looking forward to welcoming it to London Film Festival soon...

http://www.tiff.net/tiff/the-hungry/

Another look at the trailer here:

Benedict Taylor Music 

Friday, 8 September 2017

AMAZING continuing collaboration with Anton Mobin!

Just back from France after an ACE time working with my good friend and super-creative-causer-of-beautiful-musical-trouble Anton Mobin.

A wonderful concert at Lutherie Urbaine in Paris, followed by some excellent days in Orleans recording material for our new duo album. 

Three years ago we released Stow | Phasing on Raw Tonk Records, now we have a very exciting new work to put out. 

A BEAUTIFUL COLLABORATION!

Many thanks to Anton, all the new friends at Lutherie Urbaine, and of course very kind friends Bertrand, Soumalay & Ayato for the great hospitality and lots of fun!  

A few snaps: 

Anton Mobin & Benedict Taylor
Benedict Taylor

Anton Mobin






Anton Mobin & Benedict Taylor 

Benedict Taylor & Anton Mobin

Benedict Taylor & Anton Mobin
Anton Mobin & Benedict Taylor




Benedict Taylor 




Sunday, 3 September 2017

Album release - Songs from Brightly-Lit Rooms - Jackson & Taylor Duo

WOOP WOOP

Songs from Brightly-Lit Rooms by Tom Jackson & Benedict Taylor is released on Squib Box!!!

This is the second duo album by longstanding duo Jackson & Taylor, and it is very exciting that they launch this new record with the same label as they did with their first (Songs from Badly-Lit Rooms) back in 2014.

A huge thanks to all involved in making this happen. Big up the label boys Neil Luck, Federico Reuben & Adam de la Cour.

Here's the stuffs:

Songs from Brightly-Lit Rooms - album

Squib Box




Thursday, 31 August 2017

Performing at Lutherie Urbaine with Anton Mobin PLUS album number 2!!!

Very excited to be heading to Paris tomorrow to work with my friend and colleague the ACE Anton Mobin.

We are performing at Lutherie Urbaine on the 2nd September.

We then continue to Orleans to start work on our second duo album. A super few days of recording!

Here's info the concert:

Mobin & Taylor - Lutherie Urbaine

And to wet all appetites around the globe for album number 2, here's a look back at our first album Stow | Phasing, released on Raw Tonk Records in 2014:

https://rawtonkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/stow-phasing



Anton Mobin & Benedict Taylor 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Hungry Trailer - heading for Toronto International Film Festival

This year The Hungry heads to Toronto International Film Festival.

I'm thrilled to have written & made the music for this film.

Here is the trailer:

Benedict Taylor Music 

More on Toronto premieres etc very soon.....

Hidden Bomba album launch - Linear Obsessional Live

Very chuffed to be launching my duo album with Chris Cundy at Linear Obsessional Live on the 17th of September, at the Arts Cafe.

The album is very special to me and Chris and we are thrilled that the 'boss' Richard Sanderson has released this disc and the online album.

The launch will be part of a delicious afternoon bonanza of music in south London. YOU NEED IT. ALL OF IT.

BE THERE AND GRAB A COPY!

17/09/2017. 4PM.
The Arts Cafe, Manor Park, Lewisham, SE13 5QZ





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.


Benedict Taylor


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.....


Benedict Taylor


Benedict Taylor 

 

Benedict Taylor, Daniel Thompson & Tom Jackson

Benedict Taylor 

Daniel Thompson & Benedict Taylor

Benedict Taylor

Benedict Taylor, Tomaz Grom & Vid Drasler

Benedict Taylor

Benedict Taylor, Irene Kepl & Tomaz Grom


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....


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: 
























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Incomplete Score. Directives & several pages omitted.