Mick Taylor Is widely acknowledged as a fine exponent of the difficult ‘gayaki-ang’ or vocal style of sitar playing.
He is one of very few westerners to have gone so deeply into the study of the history, theory and practice of the subject and to have achieved the status of solo concert artist. His playing is especially noted for its depth of feeling (raag-dari) and for its authenticity.
Educated at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook in Suffolk. He studied at Hastings Art College and Portsmouth College of Art & Design. Taught art at Eastbourne College for three years and undertook various design jobs and assignments including a period working for the National Association of Asian Youth as Community Arts Director.
His serious study of Indian classical music and sitar playing began in the 1969. His technique was originally developed with tuition from Ustad Imdad Hussain and later received guidance from the sitar and surbahar virtuoso Ustad Imrat Khan, whom he regards as his guru.
During the early 1980’s he was Imrat Khan’s personal manager organising and co-ordinating concert tours throughout the UK and Europe. It was from him that Mick Taylor acquired a profound and lasting respect for the traditions and purity of classical Indian music, especially that of the Imdadkhani Gharana.
Besides organising concerts for Ustad Imrat Khan, he has also over the years promoted concerts in the UK for other visiting Indian artists such as Ustad Munir Khan, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Nishat Khan, Ustad Irshad Khan, Ustad Zamir Ahmed Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shankar Ghosh with the Calcutta Drum Orchestra and others.
Together with his wife, distinguished Kathak dancer Alpana Sengupta, he has been a pioneering influence in developing the interest and awareness of Indian music and dance throughout Britain since 1976.
As a professional musician, he has performed extensively throughout Britain and Europe as well as regularly in India, where he has given recitals at various prestigious venues.
These include, in New Delhi, the Kamani Auditorium and the India International Centre and in Kolkata, the KalaMandir, Birla Academy for Art & Culture and Rabindra Bhavan.
He is a member of the Performing Rights Society and has composed and provided music for television and films as well as for several Indian dance ballets.
“............an outstanding evening of Hindustani classical music.” BHAVAN NEWS, LONDON
"………an inspiring recital with Sabir Khan on tabla for the Ustad Keramatullah Khan Music Circle .....showed craftsmanship that was evident in his recitals in Calcutta this month, including one at the Kala Mandir, as well as an understanding of the emotional bonds that must be established with Indian audiences." THE STATESMAN, CALCUTTA
“Sitar maestro” ASIAN MUSIC CIRCUIT, UK