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MMG Presents: TAK Ensemble + David Bird

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Fairchild Chapel, Bosworth Hall 50 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Modern Music Guild is excited to host TAK, a group of young new music composers and performers from New York City for a weekend residency of presentations and performances.

All events are free and open to the public.

Concert Program:

Natacha Diels: Y=rx(1-x) [strange attractors]
Ashkan Behzadi: az Hoosh mi..
Taylor Brook: Ecstatic Music
Mario Diaz de Léon (OC '04): The Flesh Needs Fire
Matthew Ricketts: Ms. Speaker
Marina Kifferstein: memory on the unbroken figure
John Zorn: The Tempest (a masque)

TAK is:

Laura Cocks '12, Flute
Marina Kifferstein '12, Violin
Liam Kinson, Clarinet
Charlotte Mundy, Voice
Ellery Trafford, Percussion

TAK is a New York-based chamber ensemble founded on the principles of creation, exploration, collaboration and community within contemporary music. Comprised of soprano, flute, clarinet, violin and percussion, they are committed to presenting concerts that highlight generationally relevant composers and artists in a variety of disciplines. TAK also focuses on partnership and connection with composers and audiences throughout the conception, rehearsal, performance and recording of new music in the hopes that a model for community-building and open dialogue can be achieved through the artistic collaboration process.

This focus is realized in large part by presenting programs of captivating new works in a variety of different venues, wherein the composers, performers and attendees are all encouraged to not simply listen, but to exchange views and engage one another in a unique concert experience.

David Bird is a composer and producer of electroacoustic music from Laguna Beach, California. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and currently studies composition at Columbia University. His work frequently employs the use of live electronics with aims to strengthen the relationships between acoustic and electronic instruments. His music has been a "Staff Pick" on Vimeo and featured on their homepage, as well as publications such as The Atlantic and the Plain Dealer. A review from Pitchfork’s Altered Zones has described his expansive sound as, “vibrant, shirt-staining, color squirting… amidst swirling layers of white noise and choir… I do believe a lie-down is in order.” He’s participated in workshops on MIR (music information retrieval) at Stanford’s CCRMA facility, and has been an artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

His work has been performed across the country at venues and festivals such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the University of Utah’s Dance for the Camera Festival, Qubit's Noise "non-ference" and Machine Music festival, the Threshold New-Music festival, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Event Type

Master Class


Academic, Composition, TIMARA



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