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The Unheard Mixtape 1: Follow to the End

by Matthew Evan Taylor

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Composer and saxophonist Matthew Evan Taylor releases the first installment of his Metropolis Ensemble-commissioned five-part series "The Unheard Mixtapes."

Mixtape 1, entitled Follow to the End, begins a plaintive and epic odyssey in which Taylor explores, and ultimately achieves, the fraught goal of being himself. He boldly states in his notes for the project: “I am Matthew Evan Taylor, a musician who composes; a composer who performs; a performer who improvises. I am all of these things and more. The Unheard Mixtapes are my manifesto.”

Taylor has a long and ongoing fascination with the dissemination of art through underground or backdoor channels, such as zines and mixtapes. He explains that “not only have these methods proved to be effective means of delivering art to people without the focus on commercial gain, but they often give insight into the character and taste of the curators of the material. I see the mixtape, especially as it is used in the hip hop community, as a wholly American (specifically African American) genre akin to the string quartet or song cycle.”

Though recorded during our current pandemic reality, the lo-fi/DIY mixtape ethos is the confluence of a longstanding aesthetic to which Taylor has been drawn.

Each album features original art from the team at Juniper Creative, LLC which includes renowned street artist and muralist Will Kasso Condry, his wife Jennifer Herrera-Condry, and daughter Alexa Herrera-Condry.

Matthew Evan Taylor has collaborated closely with Metropolis Ensemble since 2016, with projects that include an upcoming world premiere commission in collaboration with The Met Museum, Metropolis Ensemble, and Brooklyn Raga Massive for 2021-22.


released September 29, 2020


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Matthew Evan Taylor Middlebury, Vermont

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hailed as “a promising new voice” (Lawrence Budmen, Miami Herald) and a “risk taker” (Neil De La Flor, Huffington Post) whose music is “insistent and defiant…envelopingly hypnotic” (Alan Young, Lucid Culture).

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