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.
Contemporary, yet steeped in an understanding and love of the genre, Kirchner's compositions are first rate, the covers judiciously selected, and the playing throughout is absolutely first rate. Hard to pick anyone out, but the bass clarinet is just sublime.
Stellar performances and terrific compositions. This is seriously good jazz, deeply spiritual in many ways, but with a confident, energised spring in its step.
Sure to be one of the standout jazz releases of 2018. Michael Mueller