Matthew Evan Taylor: Life Returns 
Metropolis Ensemble with RAJAS


Date and Time

Thursday, March 24, 2022

7 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

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Composer and saxophonist Matthew Evan Taylor’s Life Returns is an evening-length composition that draws on African American, South Indian, and European musical practices. Commissioned by MetLiveArts and the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble in collaboration with mridangam artist Rajna Swaminathan’s RAJAS ensemble, Life Returns melds freely improvised and through-composed music to celebrate resilience in the face of despair and the triumph of light and color over darkness.

This program is made possible by the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art and the New York State Council on the Arts. 

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Image: Matthew Evan Taylor, Life Returns. Art by Juniper Creative LLC

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