Benedict Taylor is a notable British experimental musician whose music has cultural value and is even considered to be a hallmark of modernism. Critics consider him to be an Avant-garde composer and violist too. He is the son of Kendal-based author Caroline Moir and was born in 1962 in Kendal (UK). He graduated in 2004 as a violist from Royal Northern College of Music and became one of the many respected musicians.
To Indians, he is better known as the husband of Bollywood actress
Radhika Apte. He married her in 2012. When actress Radhika Apte was a Pune’s theatre artist, she took a year-long sabbatical to learn contemporary dance in London. That’s when she met British Musician Benedict, the two fell in love, and a year later they got married. Benedict comes from a humble British family, and perhaps this could be the reason why Radhika preferred him as her soul mate.
He also composed music for super hit Bollywood movies like '
Udta Punjab,' 'The
Ship of Theseus,' etc. Benedict had improvised music in the British and European new music world. His focus has always been for live performance in film, theatre, contemporary dance too. He always creates electroacoustic art music using machine-listening, and his multi-track recording techniques; enables him to collaborate on film projects, dance, theatre or performance art installations. Benedict has worked with Lawrence Upton (sound artist), Stephen Crowe (Opera English composer).
Keith Tippett (British jazz pianist), Eugenio Colombo (Italian saxophonist and flutist), Steve Beresford ( British musician), Evan Parker (British saxophone player), Tony Conrad (avant-garde video artist), Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland composer). Other notable musicians who worked with Benedict includes versatile performers like Alex Ward, Daniel Thompson, Renee Baker, Terry Day, Tom Jackson, Anton Mobin, Jonathan Cole, Francesco Hoch, John Corigliano, Oliver Knussen too.
In the year 2017, Benedict worked as a music composer for an Indian drama film 'The Hungry' which was directed by Bornila Chatterjee. The film stars
Tisca Chopra, Antonio Aakeel,
Arjun Gupta in lead roles. Also earlier, he has composed music with
Naren Chandavarkar for Anurag Kashyap's movie '
That Girl in Yellow Boots' (2011) that stars Naseeruddin Shah and
Kalki Koechlin. In the year 2013, Benedict Taylor, Naren Chandavarkar and
Rohit Sharma together composed music for the movie 'Ship of Theseus' (2013) which was directed by Anand Gandhi.
Benedict is also the founder & artistic director of CRAM, a music collective & independent record label (CRAM Records). A crucial portion of his work also includes his composition for theatre too. One of the famous play that is mentionable is ‘Djinns of Eidgah’ which was directed by Richard Twyman that was screened at Royal Court Theatre.