Composers Share Their Homecoming Story - Meet Phil Taylor

Mobiles* premieres on 3A’s Studio Series concert, Homecomings
October 17 & 18 at 7:30pm

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...it’s exciting to me that for the first time in nearly ten years, my whole family will be together to hear my music in person at Third Angle’s upcoming Homecomings concert.
— Phil Taylor, featured composer from "Homecomings"
 

I find a peculiar beauty

watching the branches of mobiles
float
gracefully

in the air, each pendant given

new context by its wandering neighbors—
a kaleidoscope unwrapped.

In 2011, I moved away from Oregon. My parents still live in the house where I grew up, in Salem. My younger sister moved north to Portland, my younger brother moved east to Georgia, and I landed in the middle, in Colorado. It’s increasingly rare for all five of us to be standing in the same state. I have shared my music with all of them across distances as I’ve grown and changed over time, and it’s exciting to me that for the first time in nearly ten years, my whole family will be together to hear my music in person at Third Angle’s upcoming Homecomings concert.

I was inspired by this serendipity to write music with the four of them in mind. Mobiles, commissioned by Third Angle New Music with generous underwriting support from Carl & Marge Abbott*, is for flute, cello and percussion. It is a personal work reflecting moments in time shared with my parents and my siblings -- its four movements are meant as little musical gifts, mementos. The title comes from the musical fabric; the performers move in and out of sync relative to one another, floating in time, occasionally aligning in their fluid, ongoing conversations. Each movement is dedicated to one of my family members:

  1. Stillness, for my father

  2. Caprice, for my sister

  3. Pulse, for my brother

  4. Bells, for my mother

I’m looking forward to sharing them with you in Portland on October 17th and 18th.

Read more about Phil here.

Phil Taylor on the Oregon Coast in 2017 (Photo Credit: Michiko Theurer)

Phil Taylor on the Oregon Coast in 2017 (Photo Credit: Michiko Theurer)

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