Nick Storring ~ Gardens

A Closer Listen offered some insights about my new album, “Gardens”…

a closer listen

nick storringThere is an immersive, musical element to every garden, even if your visit is momentary. After all, they too, are reliant on a sense of composition, of making an expression emerge from a re-ordering of natural components. Everything in them holds a specific relation to the whole, but more importantly, everything works towards constructing a certain space – for pleasure, for meditation, conversation, solitude, or perhaps even to represent a vision of the world. Such spaces are always visually layered, sometimes through terraforming, others through the erection of ‘walls’ that guide visitors’ paths; there’s a depth that plays with the micro and macrocosmic as we can sit down and analyze the textures of certain leaves as much as we can stand back and make out the patterns the colors of flowers make when brushed by the wind. In a first instance, it is all uniformly coherent, but if enough attention…

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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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