Nick Storring — acoustic and electric cellos, electric bass, electric mandola, violin, acoustic steel string guitar, sarangi, strumstick, glockenspiel, Hohner Pianet T, Hohner D6 Clavinet, Yamaha CP60M stage piano, voice, kazoo, duck & goose calls, thumb pianos, toy balafon, various flutes, melodicas, harmonicas, tuning reeds, drums and percussion.
Recorded May to November 2016 at Ratio in Toronto (rest in peace). Only the bare minimum of processing was used in the making of this recording.
Qualms was composed for Yvonne Ng's 2016 choreographic work Zhong Xin which was presented by DanceWorks at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, November 24th-26th, 2016. The work was a trio that excavated its basic movement vocabulary from intensive, personalized workshops with the three dancers Irvin Chow, Luke Garwood, and Mairéad Filgate.
Gratitude to Christopher Merritt for sending me the sarangi, to John Kameel Farah for the use of his Pianet and to Nicole Cultraro for the use of her violin, kalimba, melodica, and acoustic guitar. Thanks to all who offered their ears, patience, and support to this process — especially the team that brought the whole piece to life: Yvonne Ng, Luke Garwood, Irvin Chow, Mairéad Filgate, Marie-Josée Chartier, James Beamish, Marianna Rosato, Johanna Bergfeldt, and everyone at DanceWorks.
Incredible display of control, discipline, and a deep knowledge of the resonant properties of stringed instruments. Virtuosic command of spectral variation, bow pressure, and the infinite distance between the bridge and the fingerboard. Highly recommended for snooty academic french school spectral music fans and rude texture-hungry harsh heads alike. Estlin