updated June 2015
Nick Storring is a Toronto based composer, cellist and music journalist with a diverse set of interests.
His broken-violin-based electronic piece Artifacts (I) won first place in the 2008 Jeux de Temps/ Times Play competition for emerging Canadian electroacoustic composers. and was subsequently heard at various festivals worldwide. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Canadian Music Centre’s Toronto Emerging Composer award, which funded the creation of Gardens, a piece of orchestral proportions created through multi-track recording by Storring alone.
His work has been performed by, among others, the Esprit Orchestra, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Quatuor Bozzini and the Madawaska String Quartet. He has been commissioned by Arraymusic, Montreal’s AKOUSMA Festival and he is currently composing a commissioned solo work for Eve Egoyan slated for debut in 2015. In 2013 he received the Canadian Music Centre’s Norman Burgess fund to compose a pedagogically themed solo work for intermediate-level harpist. In 2015 he worked on the University of Ottawa’s Making Music Project which situates composers in classroom environments to compose work with and for students.
He has also been featured as composer and/ or performer at the Musicacoustica Festival in Beijing, OBEY Convention, the Open Ears Festival, Electric Eclectics, the Music Gallery’s X-Avant Festival, Long Winter (Fucked Up‘s wintertime series at Toronto’s Great Hall), Soundstreams’ Salon 21, the Soundplay Festival, the Perimeter Institute and Suoni Per Il Popolo and opened for the likes of Shigeto, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost and Arthur’s Landing.
His music regularly accompanies theatre, film and intermedia projects. He scored Ingrid Veninger‘s feature film The Animal Project and Terrance Odette’s Fall in 2014. His score for the MT Space‘s the Last 15 Seconds traveled across Canada and the Middle East to positive reviews. He also created the music and sound design for Tentacles, an iPhone-controlled ambient gaming environment which was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s Talk To Me Exhibit running Summer-Fall 2011. He has also composed for celebrated dancer/ choreographers Yvonne Ng and Deepti Gupta.
Apart from making regular solo appearances with cello, voice and electronics, he also plays in Picastro (Polyvinyl Records), open-ended chamber quintet Bespoken, experimental cello duo The Knot, and I Have Eaten The City with Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia. He has collaborated live and in the studio with Allison Cameron, Owen Pallett, Nadja, Sandro Perri, Daniel Johnston, Araz Salek, Laura Barrett, Rhys Chatham, Wyrd Visions, Andrew Timar, Castlemusic, Eddie Prévost, Diane Labrosse, and Damo Suzuki (of Can).
Having released his first solo album, Rife in 2011 on Entr’acte, his two records on Orange Milk (Endless Conjecture), Scissor Tail (Gardens) were met with unanimous critical acclaim in sources such as Tiny Mix Tapes, Exclaim!, Decoder and A Closer Listen. His fourth solo album, Exaptations is slated to come out on Notice Recordings in 2015. Bespoken, his group with Matthew Ramolo, Brandon Valdivia, Ilana Waniuk and Cheryl Duvall, also released their debut Plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes on Divorce Records’ subsidiary Heavy Fog in 2013. Cabin Floor Esoterica is also planning to release a new tape for his cello duo the Knot, following their 2013 split tape on Arachnidiscs with Aaron Lumley.
He’s been a contributor to Musicworks Magazine since 2008 and in summer 2015 was named Contributing Editor to recognize his contributions to the magazine. His writing has also appeared in Exclaim! Magazine, the Canadian Music Centre’s Notations. An essay of his is slated to appear alongside a reissue of the entire catalog Canadian pioneers Intersystems on lauded archival label Alga Marghen in late 2015.
Stepping out of the third person, I will inform you that my CV can be read here