Frost student Matthew Evan Taylor Selected for Detroit Symphony EarShot Classical Roots Readings

February 05, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — Matthew Evan Taylor has been selected through a national competition held by the American Composers Orchestra to have his work read at the Detroit Symphony EarShot Classical Roots Readings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. His orchestral work, Three Glorious Days, will be read during the DSO’s New Music Readings to be held in conjunction with the DSO’s “Classical Roots” celebration March 9-10, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan at Orchestra Hall.

The event heralds a new partnership between Earshot and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to present New Music Readings by African-American Composers, as well as provide a platform for emerging composers to develop and perform their works with a professional orchestra. This exciting opportunity will include workshops with DSO Music Director Maestro Slatkin, as well as feedback from esteemed composers and mentors Bright Sheng, Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, and Carman Moore.

This past year, Taylor also celebrated his earning of a Community Grant from the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as the world premiere of his ballet Elvrutu's Fall, commissioned for the Miami Light Project, of which the Miami Herald remarked, “Taylor’s sparse, jazz-inflected music for flute, saxophone, stand-up bass and piano evokes melancholy and tension.” The Huffington Post said “Taylor's work delves into a self-image that is shrouded, fractured and incomplete, and controlled by dark forces.” Taylor recently returned from Paris in November 2013 as a commissioned artist for the CineJazz Paris Film and Music Festival. He also premiered the Emerald house as part of the interdisciplinary group, [ce n'est pas nous]. After the first performance in Miami, subsequent performances were produced at public housing and shelters around the area, and a special concert performance in Paris.

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Matt Evan Taylor, left, with Department Chair Charles Norman Mason.