A quick December message...
January 30, 2012
Just a quick message about Search & Restore, a great NYC-based organization that is doing a lot for the improvised music of today. They are trying to raise $200,000 by December 19th, by way of a lot of $25 contributions. I did a 25-second improvisation video for the occasion. If you have a chance, please stop by their site and donate at http://jazz2012.com. (read more)
December Gigs NYC & Canada
January 30, 2012
I have a couple of very exciting gigs coming up that I wanted to tell you about. Two are next week and the other is just before Christmas.First of all, I'm really excited to be a special guest with the Jamie Baum Septet at Roulette next Monday, Dec. 12th. I've played with Jamie off and on for the last few years and am always challenged by her music. Later that same week, I'm playing as part of the… (read more)
At What Age - On the air!
January 30, 2012
Check out Wednesday Mid Day Jazz – 1-3PM - 10/12/2011w/Bobby Hill guest hostingWPFW 89.3 FM and www.wpfw.org for some new music from Warren Smith, Joe Daley and yours truly! Woo Hoo!! (read more)
MarkMusic News Fall 2011
January 30, 2012
Happy Fall everyone!I know it's not quite autumn yet, but I thought it was time to let you guys in on what's been going on and, more importantly, what's coming up in the Taylorverse.Last summer was pretty eventful as I made my first trip ever to an IHS (International Horn Society) Symposium. I've always wanted to go to one, but never was able to make it happen. Well, this year I was invited to come… (read more)
MarkMusik This Week in NYC!!
January 30, 2012
Got a couple of very interesting and cool gigs this week. Please come on out and see us. This is only the second gig for Horns With Strings (new bandname pending) and the FIRST gig for the BRASSTET! How cool is that?See you twice this week, ok?MarkHorns With StringsCONNIE'S PLACE475 Kent Ave, #410 (bet. Division Ave. and S. 11th St.)Williamsburg, BrooklynSunday, July 10 · 3:00pm$10 contributionFIRST… (read more)
Website Update and CDBaby.com store widget!
January 30, 2012
First of all there's a correction: The music starts at 9pm on Friday night at the Blue Whale. Not 7:30! Sorry for the confusoin.Now, I've been doing a little website maintenance today. There's a new page completely devoted to my new CD "At What Age" that also boasts a brand new, shiny widget from CDBaby! Now you can buy either of the CDs that are available through CDBaby.com without ever leaving… (read more)
Jones/Taylor 2011 West Coast Tour
January 30, 2012
Composer/Instrumentalists Jessica Jones and Mark Taylor have joined forces to present an open-minded, open-ended project of original music that thoroughly explores and exploits the tension between freedom and structure always present in jazz and improvised music.Jessica Jones (composer/tenor sax) has worked with Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Steve Coleman, Don Cherry, and Peter Apfelbaum; as well as… (read more)
Reminder "At What Age" CD Release and West Coast Tour
January 30, 2012
Just a quick reminder about the gigs and events for May and June. Your presence is requested at Cornelia Street Cafe on May 29th (that's Sunday) for the release of my third CD, "At What Age". First set begins at 8:30pm. The band at Cornelia Street will be:Mark Taylor - french hornChris Dingman - vibesKeith Witty - bassTomas Fujiwara - drumsWe'll be playing lots of stuff from the new album and a couple… (read more)
May and June Gigs and CD News
January 30, 2012
Hello!!I thought it was time to get the word out about the gigs and events for May and June. After all, there's lots to do and I'm gonna be pretty busy between now and then. I wouldn't want anyone to miss out.The biggest news, I suppose, is that At What Age is finally, officially FINISHED! WooHoo!! All the files and graphics and the amazing liner notes penned by my genius of a little brother are all… (read more)
New Blog Post at marktaylormusic.net
May 8, 2011
May/June Gigs and CD News!! http://marktaylormusic.net/fr_home.cfm?feature=1226428&postid=958073 (read more)
New blog post at marktaylormusic.net
March 6, 2011
At What Age Release, IHS 41 and Going West in 2011 http://marktaylormusic.net/home.cfm?feature=1226428&postid=813013 (read more)
This was supposed to get posted BEFORE New Year's!! First gig of 2011 on Thursday!
January 4, 2011
As many of you know, if you've been around the Markverse for a while, I don't usually get my "Holiday Greetings" email out until well after New Year's Day. This year things are different. At least this one thing... SO... Let me take a moment to extend my Holiday wishes to all! I hope you've had lots of fun and good times and that they will continue well into 2011. We've had a good 2010 and 2011 is… (read more)
We Did It!
December 19, 2010
Well, it's officially over. My RocketHub campaign to fund my third CD, "At What Age" is history, like the three attempts before it. The difference this time is that we actually reached the $1500 goal - and then some! You guys rock!! The final total was $1705 or 114% funded. What will I do with this money? Reproduction and promotion are the two biggies. I'll be posting progress reports here and at… (read more)
100% Funded!! 3 Days Left...
December 16, 2010
I just want to send out a big thanks to everyone who has "fueled" the "At What Age" Project. We've reached the $1500 target with 3 days to spare. We might even go over the goal! How cool is that? Any additional money raised will go into the PR budget so we can really get the word out. "At What Age" is pretty much all recorded (although I have some ideas for some last minute changes) and partially… (read more)
40% "Fueled" at RocketHub
November 22, 2010
I just want to thank everyone for supporting me and this project! $591 or 40% "Fueled"! http://rockethub.com/projects/488-composer-french-hornist-mark-taylors-new-cd (read more)
A Grand Beginning!
October 21, 2010
BIG GIANT THANKS go out to the folks who have already begun "fueling" my CD project over at RocketHub. Thanks to you we're off to a fantastic start! (read more)
Welcome to RocketHub!!
October 20, 2010
I know it's been a minute since my last Kickstarter project, but I wanted to take that time and review my project and goals. Well, now we're back with another attempt to complete and market "At What Age" only this time the project is hosted over at RocketHub. http://rockethub.com/projects/488-composer-french-hornist-mark-taylors-new-cd I chose RocketHub because I was able to get some real guidance… (read more)
Fall News & Gigs!!
October 18, 2010
A new season has started and there are a few really cool things coming up, so I thought it'd be a good time to let you guys in on what's happening here in the Markverse this fall! First of all, I'm sure many of you remember my Kickstarter events earlier this year to raise money to finish my CD "At What Age". These projects were unsuccessful because we didn't reach the goal I'd set. But we did discover… (read more)
Mark's SECRET IDENTITY revealed on July 26th!
July 12, 2010
Just wanted to remind everyone that I've got two gigs coming up at the end of this month. The first one is at The Stone on Sunday, July 25th with Warren Smith's WisQtet. We hit at 10pm and The Stone is on the corner of 2nd St. & Ave. C. The second gig I wanted to tell you about is my own group at the Local 269 on East Houston St the very next night. This is a new group or, rather, an expansion of… (read more)
MMNY Reminder. Come down and see us - TWICE!!
June 20, 2010
Summer's officially here on the 21st of June, which means it's time for Make Music New York 2010! Make Music New York is a city-wide, all day celebration of live music in all five boroughs (and in many other cities around the world as well)!This year there will be over 1000 performances on the streets and in the parks of the city and two of those performances will feature yours truly and the return… (read more)
Monday is the DAY!!
June 17, 2010
June 21st. Make Music New York: Mass Appeal - FRENCH HORN NATION! We're all set to go with 2 performances this year. The first is at 1pm in Worth Square inside Madison Square Park (Broadway and E24th St.) and the second is at 6:30pm at The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge (Water St and Anchorage Place). Last year the trombones managed to round up 100 players for Mass Appeal! Let's see if we can't… (read more)
Callilng All French Horn Players!
June 3, 2010
MMNY 2010 is almost here. As usual, the date is June 21st which is a Monday this year. We have been invited to do two sets this year. The first is at 1pm at Madison Square Park (Broadway and E23rd St) and the second is in DUMBO at 6:30 at the Manhattan Bridge Archway. I’m working on an exact address for the Archway, but it’s in the massive footing at the Brooklyn end of the Manhattan bridge. We… (read more)
FREE MUSICAL PROGRAMS IN DUMBO JUNE 21: 10 STAGES OF FREE CONCERTS AS PART OF MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK.
May 28, 2010
New York, NY – Make Music New York, described by city officials as “one of the largest musical events in the city’s history,” is back for a fourth year of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on the first day of summer. On Monday, June 21, from 10 in the morning until 10 at night, musicians of all ages and musical persuasions — from Hip-hop… (read more)
In the Home Stretch! The FINAL 6 Days of the At What Age Kickstarter Project
May 16, 2010
Well! Here we are with less than a week left in the "At What Age" project. So far, we have just over $1100 pledged to fund the completion of my third CD "At What Age" and need another $3900 or so to make this project a success. I'll be reaching out to everyone again in this final week (starting with this update) and urging you to "take the plunge" pre-order the CD and back this project. Your… (read more)
May 13, 2010
GET UPDATES BY RSS $1000!!! posted about 13 hours ago edit this post Just a quick note to let you all know how much I appreciate your support with this project. Today, with 9 days left to go, we broke $1000 in pledges for "At What Age". That's very exciting and, I hope, a sign of increased momentum! I'd especially like to welcome the newest members to our project "family". Thank you for you support.… (read more)
10 Days Left for the Kickstarter Project
May 12, 2010
Well, we're at the final 10 days of the SON OF KICKSTARTER project and there are 18 backers who have pledged towards the completion of my 3rd CD, "At What Age". So this is the final big push to "get 'er done" and bring this CD to life! Everyone who has been meaning to pledge "tomorrow" should come on and join in before it's too late. With $895 of the $5000 total pledged, we still have a ways to go… (read more)
18% Funded with 19 Days to Go!
May 3, 2010
19 days left to pledge! Kickstarter - AT WHAT AGE: The New Mark Taylor Project: http://kck.st/dDjYOp (read more)
The AT WHAT AGE Kickstarter Spring Update
April 28, 2010
Hello everyone, I thought it was about time for a quick update to let you know what’s happening with my Kickstarter project to fund my third CD, “At What Age”. Just to refresh everyone’s memory, Kickstarter.com is a wonderful new website that allows friends, family, fans and other interested parties to help bring new creative work to life. Artists have completed everything from films to… (read more)
Submitted a demo for an interesting film yesterday...
April 27, 2010
Just finished a demo for the score for a short documentary about the construction of the new glass canopies at Lincoln Center. Keep your fingers crossed! I'll let you know if I get the gig... (read more)
March 16, 2010
This has been an interesting week for me already. Yesterday and today were rehearsals for the recording later this week of Anthony Braxton's opera, Trillium E. Rehearsals have been intense, as we haven't had a lot of time to learn some very challenging music. The whole process has been very rewarding musically and also because I've gotten to reconnect with some friends and colleagues who are also… (read more)
Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute
March 4, 2010
Some of my regular FB visitors may remember that last month I was doing a bit of hand-wringing over writing a "narrative statement of purpose" for a submission packet I was working on. Well, the application was to participate in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute this summer and I just found out that I was accepted to the program! The JCOI, joint project of the American Composers Orchestra and… (read more)
Major Website Redesign and the Return of Kickstarter.com
February 24, 2010
Happy 2010 everyone! I know it's almost March, but there hasn't been a newlsetter or blog since before the New Year so I'm entitled!A couple of things going on in the Markverse that I wanted to tell you about. First of all, there has been a MASSIVE redesign of the Mark Taylor website (and a new webhost, even) so I'd love for everyone to drop by and check it out. Let me know what you think!Also, you… (read more)
MarkMusiK November Newsletter
November 5, 2009
Hey everyone!!Just sending out a little mini-newsletter to say hello and keep you up on the MarkMusiK happenings!Things have been really humming along the last few weeks with several gigs and recording projects just completed or happening in the very near future. In fact, the last few weeks have been spent in rehearsal for a very special recording project with Joe Daley. If you ever get the chance… (read more)
Mark Taylor Launches the At What Age Project at Kickstarter.com
October 16, 2009
Hi everyone. Here's the latest news! I'm finishing off my third CD. A project titled "At What Age". It features my new quartet with some special guests contributing poetry and other instruments and lots of new music by yours truly. I'm even bringing out the Mellophone on a couple of pieces! You know you don't want to miss that!I've got most of the material recorded (just a couple of toons to… (read more)