Various news: Electric Eclectics, Arraymusic commission, the Knot’s forthcoming digital release

August 3rd-5th is the seventh annual Electric Eclectics Festival, up near Meaford, Ontario on Gordon Monahan‘s Funny Farm.  I’m doing a few different things over the weekend.  Friday night I’m doing a harebrained (stylistically speaking) DJ set and playing with Loom, and on Sunday I’m performing solo.  Every time I’ve been it’s a lovely time, so needless to say, I’m super excited to go up and perform again.

Arraymusic has announced their 2012-3 season and that means I have a date for the premiere of my new work for them.  On Friday February 15th, 2013, they’ll be performing a new, yet-unnamed piece at the Music Gallery alongside a new piece by Christopher Butterfield, a work by Daniel Foley and Jan-Bas Bollen‘s Square Time.  I’m so pleased to be in such excellent company.  My work, which has been funded by the OAC‘s Commissioning program, is still currently in process but the materials I’ve gathered thus far feel like a fresh new direction for me in terms of my chamber writing, yet still draw on certain musical preoccupations I have.

The Knot has also cemented another release with Italy’s Radical Matters label. While our first release, a split C-40 cassette with Montreal’s Aaron Lumley is still being manufactured for our Toronto pal Arachnidiscs, Radical Matters has also taken an active interest in our work.  We’ll soon be recording a full-length for them which likely contain a mix of longer and shorter pieces, and will show our range of interests through a set of improvised pieces which use the cello’s entire spectrum.  It’ll be a digital release.  More on that soon!

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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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