Globe and Mail review

The Globe and Mail was kind enough to review the recent Esprit Orchestra Concert which featured my 2004 string orchestra work “remember how we used to…?”  The piece was played to honour my reciept of the Toronto Emerging Composer Award from Canadian Music Centre.  It was a true honour to have my piece performed at Koerner Hall and by such a sensitive and collaborative group of musicians.  Conductor Alex Pauk really illuminated the shapes and colours that I wrote into the work, yet didn’t let the piece get over-dramatic (an easy pitfall to make given the appearance of a sweet and rather sentimental melody at points in the piece.)  The concert bill was stacked, too. which made it an additional pleasure!

Globe reviewer Robert Everett-Green seems to have a firm grasp of what my piece was all about.  He says:

“The remaining work, for strings alone, was Nick Storring’s remember how we used to…? (2004). This passed in a series of exhalations of varying texture: glassy and long-bowed, dry and plucked, fluttering with tremolo. A fragment of harmonized tune appeared, then was dropped, then appeared again, like the recollection of a film once seen and only half-remembered. It was a good piece, from a young composer who deserved the $5,000 Canadian Music Centre Emerging Toronto Composer Award he received after intermission.”

Here’s a link to the full article. Please note Elisabeth Bihl’s comment in the comments section after the article.  It provides some more context to her remark, which Everett-Green takes issue with in the article. While I understand his interpretation, as Bihl’s remark was slightly unclear, she gives more background in her reply.

Stayed tuned! CBC Radio 2 will eventually be doing a broadcast of parts of the concert, including my work.

For now, you can hear a recording of the piece performed by Wilfrid Laurier University’s Orchestra in 2004.


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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