Episodes

  • Marina Kifferstein is a violinist, composer, and a founding member of TAK ensemble and The Rhythm Method string quartet. She also performs regularly Talea, Wet Ink, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, and is a co-administrator of the Open Improvisations concert series. As a composer her work has been performed across the U.S. and Europe. Marina is currently a DMA candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds an MM in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a BM in Violin from Oberlin Conservatory, and a BA in English from Oberlin College.

    On this episode, Charlotte and Madison interview Marina about TAK's beginnings and about her life outside of TAK.

    To dive deeper into Marina's work, go to http://marinakifferstein.com

    To download TAK's most recent album, Oor, go to http://takensemble.bandcamp.com/album/oor

  • Madison Greenstone is a clarinetist currently based between San Diego and New York City. Her creative practice encompasses contemporary & experimental music, improvisation, noise & acoustic feedback, and band-like collaborations with other creative performers. She has performed as a featured artist of the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik and the Lucerne Festival Academy. Notable performances have been as a soloist presented by ISSUE Project Room, as part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial in Los Angeles, and in recital at the Vigeland Mausoleum (Oslo). Madison is the clarinetist of TAK Ensemble, a founding member of the [Switch~ Ensemble], and can be heard on Wandelweiser Editions and Another Timbre.

    Madison is a doctoral candidate at UC San Diego and received her Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music.

    In this episode, TAK flutist and Executive Director Laura Cocks and Technical Director Taylor Brook interview Madison, who is the newest member of TAK ensemble.

    This episode was edited by Marina Kifferstein with help from Alex Van Gils.

  • Tyshawn Sorey is a multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Newark, New Jersey, known for his mastery and memorization of incredibly complex scores. He has performed nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, John Zorn, Claire Chase, Evan Parker, and Anthony Braxton, among many others.

    He has been commissioned by The Spektral Quartet, Ojai Music Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and more recently Carnegie Hall and Opera Philadelphia. He was awarded a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship.

    In this episode, Laura Cocks and Charlotte Mundy of TAK talk to Tyshawn about “Ornations,” written for TAK and featured on their album, Oor.

    To stream and purchase Oor: http://takensemble.bandcamp.com

    More about Tyshawn Sorey’s music: http://tyshawnsorey.com

  • Natacha Diels is a composer and performer whose work combines choreographed movement, improvisation, video, instrumental practice, and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease. With a focus on collage, collaboration, and the ritual of life as art, her compositions have been described as “a fairy tale for a fractured world” (Music We Care About). She is a member of the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse and the performance duo On Structure, and she teaches composition and computer music at the University of California, San Diego.

    In this episode, Laura Cocks and Marina Kifferstein of TAK talk to Natacha about “The Colors Don’t Match,” written for TAK and featured on their recent album, Oor.

    To stream and purchase Oor: http://takensemble.bandcamp.com

    More about Natacha Diels’ music: http://natachadiels.ccom

    Ensemble Pamplemousse’s quadruple album Lost at Sea: https://pamplemoussies.bandcamp.com/

    Music video for The Colors Don’t Match: https://youtu.be/cpfwPgiJ7GY

  • Erin Gee is a composer and vocalist who has created, in her Mouthpiece series, an ephemeral world that expands the possibilities of the voice, leaving behind the constrictive structure of language, and replacing histrionic female vocals with a virtuosic mouth and a tabula rasa for an emotional palate. Begun as one piece for solo voice in 2000, the list of Mouthpieces has grown to over 30 works for orchestra, opera, vocal ensemble, large chamber ensemble and string quartet, which have been performed internationally with some of the top ensembles for new music.

    On this episode, Ellery and Charlotte of TAK talk to Erin about her piece Mouthpiece 28, featured on TAK's recent album, Oor.

    To stream or download Oor: http://takensemble.bandcamp.com

    For more about Erin Gee: http://www.erin-gee.com/

    To watch TAK's music video of Mouthpiece 28: https://youtu.be/NqZY9q0R3tE

    The Albertine Workout by Anne Carson: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v36/n11/anne-carson/the-albertine-workout

  • Ashkan Behzadi’s music combines a miniaturist lyrical craft with an aim to invoke the collective-memory of folklore music through the use of allusion and pastiche. The question of genre-identity and genre-blurring and, in particular, the relationship between modern lyric and contemporary music is at the core of his aesthetic and artistic research.

    In this episode, Marina Kifferstein and Charlotte Mundy of TAK speak to Ashkan about his piece “Az hoosh mi..” for the violin and soprano, in which the musical dimension of the text, an erotic post-language Persian modern poem, expands in the texture of the music to create an elaborated heterophonic relationship between the voice and violin. “Az hoosh mi…” is featured on TAK’s recent album, Oor.

    To stream and purchase Oor: takensemble.bandcamp.com

    To learn more about Ashkan’s music: https://soundcloud.com/ashkan-behzadi

  • Ann Cleare is a composer whose work explores the static and sculptural nature of sound, probing the extremities of timbre, texture, colour, and form. She creates highly psychological and corporeal sonic spaces that encourage a listener to contemplate the complexity of the lives we exist within, exploring poetries of communication, transformation, and perception.

    On this episode, Laura Cocks and Charlotte Mundy of TAK speak to Ann about her piece “unable to create an offscreen world (c),” featured on TAK’s recent album, Oor.

    To stream and purchase Oor: http://takensemble.bandcamp.com

    To learn more about Ann’s music: http://annclearecomposer.com

    Hyperobjects by Timothy Morton: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/hyperobjects

    Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett: https://www.dukeupress.edu/vibrant-matter

    The photography of Andreas Gefeller: http://www.andreasgefeller.com/

  • David Bird is a composer and multi-media artist based in New York City. His work explores the dramatic potential of electroacoustic and mixed media environments, often highlighting the relationships between technology and the individual, and has been performed internationally by some of the best performers working in the field of contemporary music. He also happens to be director of Creative Research with TAK Ensemble, and a founding member of the group.

    On this episode, Marina Kifferstein and Ellery Trafford of TAK speak to David about his piece "Series Imposture," featured on TAK's recent album Oor.

    To stream and purchase Oor: http://takensemble.bandcamp.com

    To learn more about David's music: http://davidbird.tv

    To watch the Adam Curtis documentary The Trap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGJqU-JpbXw

    To learn more about Lewis Nielson's music: http://www.lewisnielson.com/

  • Brandon Lopez is a New York-based composer and bassist working at the fringes of jazz, free improvisation, noise and new music. His music has been praised as “brutal” (Chicago Reader) and “relentless” (The New York Times).

    On this episode, Ellery and Madison of TAK talk to Brandon about his new piece, "Empty and/or Church of Plenty," which TAK will premiere on December 14th at St. Mary's Harlem.

    Brandon's website - https://www.brandonlopez.nyc/
    and Bandcamp - https://nevernotagravedigger.bandcamp.com/

    Info about the December 14th premiere - https://www.facebook.com/events/712511089258696/

    Anner Bylsma playing J.S. Bach Cello Suite 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTVqjD4Yigg

    Cecil Taylor live in Munich in 1984 -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL0cqbWZYsE

  • Bethany Younge is a composer and performer whose work plays with anti-irony, nonsense as spiritual awakening, and the place between situations and theater. She builds incredibly individualized works, often simultaneously centered in the physiological dramaturgy of performance.

    On this episode, Laura and Charlotte of TAK talk to Bethany about her new piece “at midnight i walked into the middle of the desert” which TAK will premiere on December 14th at St. Mary’s Harlem.

    Bethany's website - http://www.bethanyyounge.com/

    Info about the December 14th premiere - https://www.facebook.com/events/712511089258696/

    Composer Sivan Cohen Elias website - https://www.sivancohenelias.com/