Our musicians are among the most talented in both skill and creativity. They must be able to not only think and respond smoothly and quickly, they must give the generous gift of musical inspiration! Able to take their cue from the simple raise of an eyebrow or glance their way, these guys make what we do possible. What would a musical be without any music after all? From Jazz to jingle-writing these boys have the gift of gorgeous sound and over a million years of experience between them.
Ammon Taylor was born and raised in a quaint small town in the idyllic mountain valleys of Utah, his mother taught school orchestras, church choirs, and gave piano lessons to little Ammon, weaning him on Bach, Brahms, and hymnal arrangements. After high school, he traveled away to live in such exotic places as Seattle, São Paulo, and Mozambique. He encountered many different languages and musical styles along the way, all of which he can fluently speak and play on the piano. While he is not accompanying showcases at the ZACH, accompanying improv singing classes, and throwing random musical styles at Girls Girls Girls, he can be found in his apartment listening to Beethoven while eating pickles and watching cat videos.
Tosin Awofeso is a dancer, singer, pianist and man of god. He plays regularly, records phenomenally and even adds rhythm and harmony to the amazing tunes he provides for improvised musical shows!
Joseph Robert Daily is a songwriter with music inspired by the rhythm of the Texas landscape and lyrics that reflect his own life experiences and his view of the world, the way it is and the way he would like it to be. He has played all over Texas from Silsbee to Beaumont and in of May of 2013, Joseph won a songwriting competition at the University of Texas at Austin held by the Kerrville University Songwriters Program in collaboration with the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association and London Broadcasting Company. His win at UT secured his spot as a performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He was also won selection as a Steamboat Springs Music Fest 2014 performer. When you see him, ask him about his summer tour with the music on his self-titled album. Also he is a Coldtowne improviser a Paramount Story Wrangler and one heck of a musical improviser.
Ed Kliman‘s quirky career has taken as many twists and turns as his discography, starting with his birth in an Army hospital and leading to his current home base in Austin, Texas, writing music for Shakespeare productions around the world and singing American roots-based music as if his life depended on it. Along the way, he has been a professional writer, run a blues bar, recorded voiceovers for national radio ads, produced audiobooks for children, appeared as a professional actor in numerous plays, served as the house band for a competitive BBQ team and lived through enough miles and midnights for any three people.
Years of blue-collar touring as a working musician “playing everything from television to turkey shoots” behind him, he moved to Austin, Texas in 1989 after time spent in Chicago, New York, Louisville and New Orleans. Working under the name Ed Michaels, he fronted a 10 piece R & B band with former sidemen from the touring bands of soul legends James Brown and Sam & Dave while releasing several recordings on now-defunct indie label Criminal Records. A shift to more intimate, personal songs and acoustic performances under his own name resulted in the CDs Resonator and Download These Blues on his own Texas Music Forge label, which brought him a Best of 2002 award from Revolver Magazine.
After taking time out to build a house and tend to a family, he began working with professional theatrical companies in Austin in 2006, writing and performing music and earning an Austin Critics Table award in 2007 for his music for theatre. He has, since then, been a resident composer and musical director for professional Shakespeare theatre companies in the US and Europe and resumed making acoustic-based solo recordings and performances.
Also he improvises.