Monte Taylor (b.1991) is a composer, guitarist, and improviser based in Austin, TX. He is the 2nd place recipient of the 2020 KLANG! International Electroacoustic Composition Competition and a finalist for the American Prize (2020 Orchestral Music Division). His works have been performed on festivals including Australian Percussion Gathering, Charlotte New Music Festival, Electric LaTex Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, Florida International Toy Piano Festival, Kansas City Art Institute’s ArtSounds, National Student Electronic Music Event, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SCI Regional and National Student Conferences, SEAMUS National Conference, SPLICE Institute, TUTTI Festival, and UTEMS Electro-Acoustic Recital Series, by ensembles including Bent Frequency, Compositum Musicae Novae, Frost Electronic Music Ensemble, Passepartout Duo, and the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.
As an improviser, Taylor works primarily with the electric guitar, as well as live signal processing and generative electronics. He has worked with Brian Horton, Anne Lanzilotti, Paul Rudy, Mark Southerland, The Tipping Point Ensemble, Unbound Ensemble, and the UMKC IMP Ensemble, and been featured on Subtropics Marathon, Miami Buskerfest, Stanford CCRMA Teleconcert, UTEMS Electro-Acousitc Recital Series, and International Workshop Struer.
Taylor is currently pursuing a D.M.A in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a staff member for the University of Texas Electronic Music Studios. He holds a B.M. in Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and an M.M. in Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Primary teachers include Annie Gosfield, Dorothy Hindman, Zhou Long, Charles Norman Mason, Lansing McLoskey, James Mobberley, Christopher Tripani, Paul Rudy, Chen Yi, and Nina C. Young.