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Quinsin Nachoff

NYC-based composer and saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff has earned a reputation for making “pure, bracing, thought-provoking music” that is “cliché-and convention-free” (Ottawa Citizen). Since moving from his native Toronto to New York City, Nachoff has made a habit of freely crossing borders: his music moves fluidly between the jazz and classical worlds and manages to be soul-stirring at the same time that it is intricately cerebral. His passions reach into both the arts and the sciences, with concepts from physics or astronomy sparking inspiration for exhilarating compositions. That state of constant unpredictability is vividly captured in both the name and the music of Nachoff’s remarkable group Flux, which thrives in the spaces between genres, styles and inspirations. But Nachoff was already blurring the lines between composition and improvisation on his 2006 debut, Magic Numbers, which paired a jazz rhythm section with a string quartet and was heralded as “one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years” by All About Jazz. Since that time Nachoff has found success in both worlds. In November 2018 he’ll premiere a new Violin Concerto, his first String Quartet (commissioned by Quebec’s Molinari String Quartet) and a new large ensemble piece in Montreal. These are the latest additions to a growing catalogue of compositions for a variety of diverse ensembles. At the 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival he premiered his Saxophone Concerto with the Turning Point Ensemble, while his piece Stars and Constellations: Scorpio was a commission from the Penderecki String Quartet that incorporated bassist Mark Helias and drummer Dan Weiss of Nachoff’s Ethereal Trio. Previous commissions have included a genre-bending Violin Concerto for violinist Nathalie Bonin; a big band work, Time Entwined, for the Toronto Jazz Orchestra ; a suite for Australian trumpeter Peter Knight’s 5+2 Brass Ensemble; a classical work for clarinetist Peter Stoll and the Cecilia String Quartet; a work commissioned by French drummer Bruno Tocanne for octet premiered at France’s Savoie Jazz Festival; an extended work for big band, Mind's Ear, commissioned by the Greg Runions Jazz Orchestra; and a commission for contemporary music ensemble Toca Loca, among others.

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For Flux, Path of Totality:

4.5 stars. "Path of Totality is a stunning, deep dive of an album, the sort of music in which one could spend hours submersed." – J.D. Considine, DownBeat, February 2019

4.5 stars. "an imaginative and ground breaking suite of compositions" – Roger Farbey, AllAboutJazz, January 2019

For Flux (self-titled debut):

★★★★ "...an intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery." —Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

"Marked by an impenetrable unity, 'Flux' overflows with great resourcefulness, becoming a distinct echo of modernity and inspiration." —Critic Pick, JazzTrail

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

MMus, University of Toronto (2007) BMus Honours, University of Toronto (1997) Teaching @ University of Toronto (2004-2008) (Improvisation, Ensembles, Private Lessons) Teaching @ Humber University, Toronto (2007-2008) (Improvisation, Private Lessons) Teaching @ York University, Toronto (2002-2003) (Private Lessons)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Pivotal Arc

Whirlwind Recordings
2020

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Urban(e)

Greenleaf Music
2020

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Path of Totality

Whirlwind Recordings
2019

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Path of Totality

Whirlwind Records
2019

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Atwood Suites

Origin Records
2018

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Quinsin Nachoff's...

Whirlwind Recordings
2017

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Path of Totality

From: Path of Totality
By Quinsin Nachoff

Two Islands III

From: Atwood Suites
By Quinsin Nachoff

Clairvoyant Jest

From: Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio
By Quinsin Nachoff

Tilted

From: Flux
By Quinsin Nachoff

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