Brian Delma Taylor, 65, died peacefully on September 6, 2017 at his loft in Peekskill, NY. A supremely-gifted multi-instrumentalist, conductor, composer, arranger and producer, he was the owner of SoundPainter Studios in Peekskill. A painter as well, he was a much-loved member of the Peekskill artist community.
Brian Taylor was born on February 22, 1952, in the back seat of a taxi during a blizzard, in Boise, Idaho. He was a graduate of MacArthur High School in San Antonio and the University of Texas in Austin. An award-winning flutist, he moved to New York to study with Julius Baker of the NY Philharmonic.
During a long NYC freelance career, Brian Taylor performed with symphony orchestras, on Broadway shows, on numerous studio recordings and with the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
He married keyboardist/composer Bettina Covo in 1981, and together they founded the acclaimed chamber music group, The Baroque Invention. They later formed the classical/jazz/rock fusion band, Chromatica, which performed all-original music and released an album, Alpha, in 1988. He and Ms. Covo separated in 2010 but remained close friends and musical collaborators. At the time of his death, they had just completed an album of original music for meditation.
Brian Taylor wrote music for the Big Apple Circus, Cirque Le Masque, Lincoln Center Outdoors, and many others. He specialized in full-service music production for both professional musicians and aspiring artists. Blessed with perfect pitch and prodigious talent, he transformed the merest wisps of clients' song ideas into full arrangements and beautifully-produced finished recordings. The advent of digital music production set him free, giving him the ability to self-produce complex rhythm tracks and fully-orchestrated compositions. He was always most at home in a recording studio.
In 2010 he moved to Peekskill and added a new career as a singer/actor, debuting as Daddy Warbucks in the musical Annie at the Paramount Theater. He subsequently acted in numerous local productions, while continuing to churn out music as both performer and composer/arranger. He released his self-produced solo album, SoundPainter Odyssey, in 2013. At the time of his death, he was working on an album of his orchestral compositions.
There will be a silent vigil for Brian Taylor on Saturday, September 16th during the hours of 2pm-7pm at the loft of Lana Yu, 802 South Street, Peekskill, NY. All are invited to sit with his ashes in sacred space and create art, messages, prayers and poems while listening to recordings of his music from the span of his career.
Brian Taylor was the father of two children from an early marriage. He was predeceased by his son Joshua. In addition to Ms. Covo, he is survived by his brother Mark Taylor, his daughter, Charissa Winham, his grandchildren Hayley Fishbeck, Peyton Fishbeck, Easton Fishbeck and Aria Clements, his cat Zoe, his beloved partner Emily, and many friends.
Obituary written by Brian's long-time friend, Margaret Steele