David Tayloe, tenor & Kevin Bylsma, piano

David Tayloe

David Tayloe, tenor & Kevin Bylsma, piano

Kevin Bylsma

Tue

2/27/2018

8:00pm

Classical

David Tayloe, tenor & Kevin Bylsma, piano

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student

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  • David Tayloe, tenor
  • Kevin Bylsma, piano

Event Details

TMT Trio is a collaborative avant-jazz group based between New York and Cleveland. The trio’s roots first sprouted in a tiny room of drummer Anthony Taddeo’s Brooklyn apartment where he, pianist Cat Toren, and saxophonist Angela Morris would play new compositions and improvise together, exploring how their unconventional instrumentation showcases the chamber music character of the piano and the multifaceted potential of all three instruments. 2013 saw their debut performance, and the group’s connection continued to grow even through Taddeo’s 2014 move to Cleveland. Since then, they have performed in sought-after music venues and facilitated masterclasses in NYC and throughout the Midwest. Their debut recording, "Star Ballad," was released in June 6, 2017 and is available at tmt-trio.bandcamp.com!

David Tayloe

A native of North Carolina, tenor, David Tayloe has been praised for his “lovely tenor that sings with Mozartean finesse.” David has made appearances with the Opera Birmingham, Bard Summerscape, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Louisiane, Piedmont Opera Company, the A.J. Fletcher Institute, LSU Opera, and Frost Opera Theater. His recent roles include Gatstone in La Traviata, Jason in Medea, Albert in Albert Herring, Student in Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields, Rinucchio in Gianni Schicchi, Candide in Bernstein’s Candide, and Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri. He has performed as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion as well as the tenor soloist in the Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Lord Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, and Theresianmesse, Schubert’s A-flat Mass, and Britten’s Serenade.

As a proponent of modern opera, he has been a performer at the Virginia Arts Festival for the Duffy Composers Institute, David has collaborated with composers on their original work including Libby Larsen, Ben Moore, and Jake Runestad, and Thomas Sleeper, including the West Coast premiere of Ben Moore’s Dear Theo and the world premiere of Thomas Sleeper’s Beatrice Bends for her Blue Ball. Equally at home in opera, lieder, and concert and oratorio repertoire, David has performed as the soloist for numerous masses and oratorio throughout the United States. Recent recital tours have taken Mr. Tayloe across the country, including a featured recital at the National Opera Center in New York City. He was a finalist in the American Bach Society national competition in 2012, and as a Semi Finalist in the Lyndon Woodside oratorio competition. David has been a performer with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Grammy nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire. He has participated in masterclasses by distinguished artists such as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles Renee Fleming and Wolfram Rieger.

Mr. Tayloe has sung under the batons of Craig Keir, James Allbritten, Jeannete Sorrel, James Meena, Evan Rogister, John Keene, Alan Johnson, Patrick Quigley, Julian Shew and Eugene Sirotkine. He has made performances with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera Company, the A.J. Fletcher Institute, LSU Opera, Opera Louisiane, Frost Opera Theater and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Mr. Tayloe can also be seen on the Newport Classic DVD label, in LSU Opera’s production of Willie Stark by Carlisle Floyd.

Mr. Tayloe holds degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Louisiana State University, the University of Miami, and the Eastman School of Music. David currently serves on the faculty at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa.

Kevin Bylsma

Kevin Bylsma is an accomplished pianist and vocal coach and is well-known in the Midwest for his work in art song, opera and oratorio. As head of music preparation for the Toledo Opera, he had coached productions of Tosca, The Tales of Hoffmann and The Magic Flute. He has served as music director of the Department of Community Programs for the Michigan Opera Theatre from 1993–97 and was vocal coach, accompanist and chorus master for OPERA! Lenawee from 1992 to 1997. Other music directing credits include the Lyric Chamber Ensemble of Detroit and the Papagena Opera Company of Ann Arbor. He has appeared throughout the United States, Canada and Europe as an organist, pianist and accompanist. In the summer of 1996, he toured Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic with tenor Robert Mirshak. Most recently, he has appeared in master classes and recitals with soprano Diana Soviero and mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura. He has served as principal keyboardist with the Adrian and Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestras and was the winner of a number of competitive awards, including the Robert Glasgow Organ Scholarship from the University of Michigan and the Lucille Mehaffie Young Artist Award. He currently serves as an instructor at Bowling Green State University and assistant organist at the historic Mariner’s Church in Detroit.