Matthew Evan Taylor
CREA (Composers for Racial Equality in the Arts) 2019 Mentor
“As an artist, I am intrigued by four aspects of music: the growth of complex music from a simple idea, the social nature of the art form (especially, as it manifests in improvisation and the audience’s reaction), the evocation of color and atmosphere through sound, and the relationship between dance and music. I believe that today’s culture encourages a new kinetic, vibrant type of art, with unhinged rhythms and unbridled expression. It is my goal to reflect this world and what is awe-inspiring about it through my music. Ultimately, I wish to connect with the audience and expose the beauty that is all around.”
– Matthew Evan Taylor
Award-winning composer, saxophonist, and improviser Matthew Evan Taylor has been hailed as “a promising new voice” (Lawrence Budmen, Miami Herald) and a “risk taker” (Neil De La Flor, Huffington Post) whose music is “insistent and defiant…envelopingly hypnotic” (Alan Young, Lucid Culture). His music has been performed across the United States and Europe by such ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Metropolis Ensemble, the Imani Winds, the Manhattan Girls Chorus and the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Matthew has also collaborated with visual artists and dancers; most recently he and visual artist Dannielle Tegeder collaborated on a series of graphic scores, premiered at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago. He has also performed with improvisers Elliott Sharp, Marilyn Crispell, Tatsuya Nakatani, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Mary Halvorson; dancers Laurel Jenkins, Christal Brown, Lida Winfield; and visual artists Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and JJ Peet. His music has appeared on recent recordings released Albany Records, “The Reaction” performed by bass-baritone Carl DuPont, and Centaur Records, “Let’s Meet at the Horizon” performed by violinist Karen Lord-Powell and double bassist Brian Powell.
Matthew is an avid promoter of living composers. He has been a founder and artistic director of such festivals as Vanguard Miami and Counter-Programming. He is also board member and composer-in-residence with Festival Baltimore. His most recent project, New Century | New Voices, is a concert series in Middlebury, Vermont celebrating the continued contributions of women and composers of color to the classical music canon. This series, which began in January 2019, included collaborations with composers Marcos Balter and Gabriela Lena Frank; pianists Asiya Korepanova and Redi Llupa; and violinist Gary Levinson.
Matthew – who earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami – is Assistant Professor of Music at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he teaches composition, music theory, and improvisation.