Noel Taylor's main instruments belong to the clarinet family - soprano, alto and bass clarinet. He is a frequent performer, mainly in London and the UK, but also abroad in Poland, Germany & Italy, Portugal. He is a dedicated improviser, but his work also includes short compositions, conductions with large scale orchestras, and organising musical events. Some of his work involves other art forms, using music as a form of cultural intervention..
Recent projects have involved the trio
'Redstart' , 'Splatter (with Anna Kaluza, Pedro Velasco & Tom Greenhalgh), 'Happenstance' (with Chris Biscoe, Tom Greenhalgh, Guillaume Viltard), Grimwald (with Steve Beresford, Terry Day & Roberto Sassi). 'Plank' (with Pedro Velasco,Rachel Musson, Asuman Biswas) and 'Bay's Leap' (with James Barralet & Clare Simmonds)
Splatter have released three albums to date. Many other ad-hoc partnerships have happened along the
way - always with the emphasis on improvisation. Two of these
shorter collaborations have resulted in CD releases, one with
Niko Meinhold and one with Alberto Popolla.
Noel Taylor is a
member of the London Improvisers Orchestra, where he is one of the most frequent conductors. He has also led conductions with the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra and at festivals. He has also played with Rome's Iato Orchestra. He has performed in Krakow in Poland, Germany, Italy, Sicily and Portugal, as well
as London & other parts of the UK.
Other musicians he has performed with
include Theo Jorgensmann, Claudio Puntin, Shabaka Hutchings,
Eugenio Colombo, Steve Beresford, Mick
Beck, Carlos Zingaro, Harrison Smith, Mark Sanders, Terry Day, Dominic
Lash, Rafal Mazur, Cleveland Watkiss, Steve Noble, Luca Venitucci, Stefano Guist,
diatribes, Pat Thomas, Lawrence Casserley, Satoko Fukuda, Henrik Wallsdorf, Tony Marsh & Veryan Weston, Nick Stephens, Fumi Okiji, Marcio Mattos,Ricardo Tejero, Alex Ward, Orphy Robinson & many others. His most regular collaborators include Guillaume Viltard, Chris Biscoe, Alberto Popolla, Andrea Caputo,
Anna Kaluza, Niko Meinhold, Julie Kjaer, Beibei Wang, Tommaso Vespo, Benedict Taylor, Noura Sanatian, Pedro Velasco , Tom Greenhalgh, Clare Simmonds, James Barralet, Tom Wheatley & John Garcia.
From 2009-2013 he curated a series of
events called the Luna Fringe, and more recently a series of monthly events at Arch1 in West Ham.
A conduction with the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra at B Flat in Berlin, June 2015. photo Giuliana Scollo.