Founded on the principles of curiosity, experimentation, and communication, TAK — dedicated to commissioning new works and direct collaboration with composers and other artists — has premiered hundreds of works to date. TAK marks its tenth anniversary season in 2022–23, celebrating a decade of cultivating creative programming at the highest level. The ensemble’s performances have spanned works of theater, the creation of digital game-like environments, guided spaces for audience improvisation, collaborations with visual artists, writers, and poets, environment-specific installations, and video art. The quintet has released seven albums to critical acclaim, including the 2019 release Oor, which launched the group’s in-house media label, TAK editions. Recorded output has included collaborations with Brandon López, Ann Cleare, Natacha Diels, Mario Diaz de Leon, Tyshawn Sorey, Erin Gee, Ashkan Behzadi, and Taylor Brook. Through the TAK editions label and the TAK editions podcast, the ensemble has highlighted dozens of incredible artists working in experimental and avant-garde spaces. TAK has conducted residencies at institutions such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Oberlin Conservatory, The Delian Academy of New Music, Wesleyan University, University of Pittsburgh, among many others, and has collaborated with young composers at the Juilliard Music Advancement Program and the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. They are currently the long-term visiting ensemble-in-residence at University of Pennsylvania. Upcoming projects include newly commissioned works by Jessie Cox, Natacha Diels, Elaine Mitchener, Weston Olencki, Ann Cleare, Bryan Jacobs, DM R and Joy Guidry, and Michelle Lou. This season, TAK will celebrate its ten-year anniversary with a festival on May 5 and 6, 2023, at the Clemente Theater in lower Manhattan.
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