Taylor Joshua Rankin (b. 1991) is a composer of new music, drawing on a variety of influences from American and European minimalism, to indie-classical, avant-rock and electronica, currently based in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Taylor's music has been performed by ensembles across the United States such as Friction Quartet, Redshift Ensemble, and the NYU Marimba Ensemble. Taylor's music has been programmed by New York University, Composers Inc., the Presidio Club, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, California State University East Bay, PoP Up Magazine’s 2018 season in DC, NY, LA, Portland, Toronto, and Chicago, as well as the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Hot Air Music Festivals.

In 2010, during Taylor's undergraduate studies with Dr. Frank La Rocca, Taylor was awarded the annual Glen Glasow Fellowship Award for his overall body of work, and commissioned to produce a piano trio for the Redshift Ensemble. In 2015, Taylor was accepted on scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to pursue his Masters Degree in Composition under the apprenticeship of Bay Area composer Mason Bates.

Bates has praised Taylor as having a “great ear for harmony and texture”, and demonstrating “strong and compelling skills”. In 2016 Taylor began serving as a producer for the 2017 Hot Air Music Festival, a day long marathon of new music that operates annually at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In March of 2017 Taylor was awarded second place in the coveted Highsmith Orchestral Composition competition for his three movement work for orchestra: California Nocturnes.

In 2018 Taylor joined the list of composers for Pop-Up Magazine, an organization that tells for stories live on tour across the country, performed by members of Magik*Magik Orchestra.

Taylor was recently selected by the Baroque Festival of Alessandro Stradella to compose a new work for the Abchordis Ensemble to be premiered in Nepi Italy later this year, as well as an honorable mention for his piece Touch/Still for cello and piano by the Charles Ives Concert Series in Danbury Ct. 

A native of the Bay Area, Taylor lives in Oakland, near Mills College, and performs on drumset and percussion in and around San Francisco. Taylor is the drummer for music and fashion artist: Aish.

List of Works

Soft Rushes (2018)

2 violins, cello, bassoon, harpsichord, 5 minutes, 20 seconds


Touch/Still (2018)

Cello/Piano, 8 minutes


The Other Side of the Sky (2017)

flugelhorn, french horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, live electronics, 13 minutes


Half Light (2017) (ASCAP)

Percussion trio and electronics, 6 minutes, 10 seconds


California Nocturnes (Mists, Freeways, Sequoia) (ASCAP) (2016-2017)

Full Orchestra, 15 Minutes


In The Autumn Foliage (2016) (ASCAP)

String Quartet and Electronics, 5.30 Minutes


Painting Hieroglyphs (2016) (ASCAP)

Pierrot Ensemble, 18 Minutes


Smear Music (2014) (ASCAP)

String Quartet, 8 Minutes


Elements (Water, Air, Ether, Fire, Earth) (2013)

Solo Piano, 20 Minutes


Metropolis (Ascent, Contact, Descent) (2012) (ASCAP)

Piano, Violin, Clarinet, 15 Minutes


The Number of the Sirens as Two (2011)

Electric Bass and Vibraphone, 7 Minutes


Cerebral Cortex (2010) (ASCAP)

Mallet Quintet, 5 Minutes