Katy Taylor – vocalist, composer, and musician, performs as 'Mirabilis' solo and with Amy Fradon, singing original and medieval chant and song that weaves celtic ornamentation with haunting, mystical chant and prayers. Specializing in the music of Hildegard von Bingen, a capella and accompanied by medieval hurdy gurdy, flutes, and shruti box, Katy and Amy's purity of tone and musical depth inspires and transports.
Devotional Music – Mystical and Celtic
A mixture of celtic sensibilities and medieval modalities, weaving prayers with chant and song, and reminding us of our connection to the Divine. Original and medieval compositions. [Listen to Samples] | [Read Reviews]
The Music of Hildegard von Bingen
Passionate, flowing renditions of Hildegard's music, which can be presented as a concert, lecture-demo, or with a slide show of Hildegard's illuminations. [Read Reviews]
Listen to Samples:
Alleluia Virga Mediatrix
O Virtus Sapientie
Katy performs a capella and with her medieval hurdy gurdy, flutes, and shruti box, both solo and in collaboration with her dear friend and singing partner Amy Fradon. Katy and Amy's voices soar brilliantly and create a hauntingly beautiful and awe-inspiring space where deep healing, blessing, release, and reverence can happen. [Read Reviews]
Katy's Original Compositions
Most of my own original music reflects my own spiritual orientation of finding holiness in many forms, and in particular, in the Earth and in the Feminine.
Many pieces were inspired by actual Celtic prayers, which weave a simple, folky connection of Earth, Mother, and Christianity. I found myself reading or praying them and a melody would well up in me. I've edited and adapted some of the original texts, adding the the Goddess (hearkening back to pre-Christian Celtic spirituality). What I love about these prayers is their connection to Earth, to everyday activities -- that we are not separate, but are a part of normal life, from getting up in the morning, to going to bed at night. This is how I'd like to experience my own life more. [Read Reviews]
Singing Meditation was created by Ruthie Rosauer. In this participatory singing, we sing simple chants and rounds from many spiritual traditions as a group and then dissolve into silence and allow a time of quiet meditation before the next song is begun. Singing in this way can be a practice of coming home to our embodied selves as we allow the vibrations of sound to quiet our minds, open our hearts, and land us more deeply in our bodies, in the moment, physically present.
This is a form of group spiritual practice, and is open to anyone who wants to sing. All the songs are simple and sung through many times so that there is time to learn them. The rounds and chants come from many spiritual traditions, are in English, as well as other languages, and express universal themes of devotion and spiritual practice.
Read an excerpt in which Katy is quoted from Ruthie and Liz Hill's book Singing Meditation: Together in Sound and Silence on the Spirituality and Practice website. Here's a blog review of Singing Meditation with Anna Vazquez in December.
As a professional singer and Interfaith Minister, I enjoy creating chant services that weave music and spoken word together to create a meditative, participatory, and welcoming atmosphere. Read more about Chant Services.
The Singing Body
Join Amy Fradon and Katy Taylor to rediscover the roots and soul of your voice. We’ll explore the body as a supportive holding and resonating container, the open and impressionable heart that gifts us with authenticity and passion, and the willing, flexible mind that can release old patterns and transform. This workshop is mostly experiential, including singing, sounding, mindfulness, other exercises, processing time, and ritual. Anyone wishing to explore their embodied voice is welcome with no vocal experience necessary. Download a flyer.
Hildegard von Bingen—Visionary Chant Hildegard was a 12th century German abbess who received music through divinely inspired visions. Her music is mysterious, flowing, luminous, earthy, passionate. Katy offers a brief overview of Hildegard's life and remarkable contributions, as well as an introduction to the structure and tonality of medieval chant as found in her music.
This workshop can be presented in two hours or expanded to a full day, and is open to anyone who would like to experience Hildegard's music in a deeper, richer, more embodied manner. [Listen to Samples] | [Read Reviews]