“Gardens” pre-order and launch show (with Ben Frost) — October 24th

IMG_9102I’m really excited to be announcing that Gardens is finally coming out this fall.  As I’ve discussed elsewhere on the site, creating this album was a huge turning point for me sonically—switching from a method that primarily revolved around electronic processing (as heard on my debut Rife), to an approach that was far more organic, and almost entirely instrumental.  This whole transformation sprang from a desire to better integrate my various practices: electronic music, improv, and composing for ensemble, and I now feel very at home in this approach.

It should also be noted, yet again, that the work on Gardens was made possible through the Toronto Emerging Composer award, an excellent initiative administered by the Canadian Music Centre, which offers funding for a project proposed by a selected up-and-coming local composer.  I’m really grateful for that as well as the philanthropic contributions of Roger D. Moore (one of the city’s biggest supporters of emergent experimentation!) and Michael Koerner.

Scissor Tail Editions, the label that has graciously decided to release this album have truly outdone themselves.  Owned by Dylan Golden Aycock (aka (the wonderful) Talk West), the label has been committed to putting out some truly remarkable material that I’m honoured to have my work beside.  Personal highlights include Nathan McLaughlin’s Karen Studies and Matteo Uggeri’s Untitled WinterFor my own album, Aycock has enlisted the help of Amsterdam-based artist Louis Reith for the cover design and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result.

Nick Storring - Gardens cover

The album is now available from Scissor Tail for pre-order, but I will also be launching the album at Toronto’s Garrison in an opening slot for Ben Frost on October 24th.  I’m excited about this show, as it’s going to be a chance for me to try to take the next step, introducing some of the more raw textures of Gardens into a solo live context.  I also greatly admire Frost’s work — so it should be an exciting evening.  Thanks to Wavelength and Burn Down The Capital for programming for the concert.  Here’s a Facebook link for more information about the show.

Stay tuned for more, too. I will be releasing another album this fall Endless Conjecture on Orange Milk Records.

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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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