April 3rd, 2011


NIFTY (Toronto)

Double Double Land
209 August Ave. (down the Alley)
$5, All Ages.

Amazing Philadelphia band Capillary Action are coming to Toronto soon, and I’m very excited that I have the privilege of sharing a bill with them.

Initially coming off as one of the best of the spazzy prog, post-math rock Underground that’s been emerging in the U.S. over the past few years (Zs, People, Hella and to a certain extent even Dirty Projectors et. al), their idiosyncratic songcraft (courtesy of front-dude Jonathan Pfeffer) has evolved to be even more perversely eclectic,  yet more nuanced, lyrical and unified-sounding.

Their most recent effort, Capsized (stream the album there!) reflects an interest in acoustic instrumentation (jettisoning their previous electric lineup, but maintaining all of the energy), as well as Brazilian influences.  Taking the eclectic insanity of late 60’s Tropicalia as their starting point, the group deprive the style of its Ritalin, and inject it with caffeine, creating a highly unique and fragmented progged-out acoustic sound world.  You’ll also hear the drum-centric sound of various Brazilian traditional musics amidst leftover shards of other rock styles.  While this sounds like a recipe for excess, amazingly each song maintains it integrity, yet surprising you at every turn.

Highly virtuoustic without any trace of ‘wanking’, this band is NOT to be missed.

Prince Nifty is the deliciously uncategorizable project of Matt Smith.  Spanning sultry-yet-totally-fried psychedelic dance music over to introspective songwriting, Matt can and will do it all, and will most likely impress.  Sample him here.

I am joining Café Con Pan on cello in a slightly unorthodox rendering of Mexican traditional style Son Jarocho.  This style from Vera Cruz is propulsive and polyrhythmic and features duet vocals from Kali Nino and Alec Dempster, atop a woven bed of plucked instrumental accompaniment.  Mayahuel Tecozautla (and Kali) will provide percussion with their feet, dancing the traditional zapateado style on a hollow wooden box known as a tarima.

Should be a seriously heavy night.

This is the Facebook event.


About Nick Storring

Nick Storring is a Toronto based composer, cellist and electronic musician with a wide palette of interests. Awarded the Canadian Music Centre's 2011 Emerging Composer Award, his broken-violin-based electronic piece Artifacts (I) also won first place in the 2008 Jeux de Temps/ Times Play competition for emerging Canadian electroacoustic composers. His chamber music has been performed by the Quatuor Bozzini, Arraymusic, the Madawaska String Quartet, the Esprit Orchestra, and Thin Edge New Music Collective. He also regularly creates incidental music for theatre, film and intermedia projects, including for the MT Space's Last 15 Seconds which toured through Canada and the Middle East, ambient gaming installation "Tentacles" which was presented at MoMA in 2011, and Ingrid Veninger's feature film "The Animal Project" an official selection at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Apart from making regular solo appearances, he also plays in Picastro (Polyvinyl Records), I Have Eaten The City and improvising cello duo The Knot with Tilman Lewis. He has collaborated live and in the studio with Nadja, Sandro Perri, Daniel Johnston, Araz Salek, Laura Barrett, Rhys Chatham, Wyrd Visions, Andrew Timar, Castlemusic, Eddie Prevost, Diane Labrosse, and Damo Suzuki (of Can).
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