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Quinsin Nachoff

Brooklyn, NY            

NYC-based saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff has earned a reputation making “pure, bracing, thought-provoking music” that is “cliché-and convention-free” (Ottawa Citizen). His music moves fluidly between jazz and classical worlds and is soul-stirring yet intricately cerebral. His passions reach into both arts and sciences, with physics or astronomy concepts sparking inspiration for exhilarating compositions.

A state of constant unpredictability is vividly captured in Nachoff’s group Flux, which features the talents of saxophonist David Binney, keyboardist Matt Mitchell, and drummers Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood. The band has earned critical acclaim during performances throughout Canada and the US. Their JUNO-nominated second release, Path of Totality, thrives in the spaces between genres, styles and inspirations, and garnered a 4.5 star review in DownBeat: “Path of Totality is a stunning, deep dive of an album, the sort of music in which one could spend hours submersed.” It also made numerous Best Jazz of 2019 yearend lists, including DownBeat, Bandcamp and Ottawa Citizen among others.

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. Since that time Nachoff has found success in both worlds. In November 2018 he premiered a Violin Concerto, his first String Quartet (commissioned by Quebec’s Molinari String Quartet) and a large ensemble piece, Pivotal Arc, 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.

Flux, Path of Totality – Bounce

Music from Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – Path of Totality
A film by Lee Hutzulak

David Binney – alto saxophone
Quinsin Nachoff – tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano / keyboards / modular synthesizer
Nate Wood – drums

Guest
Jason Barnsley – 1924 Kimball theatre organ

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Flux, Path of Totality – Toy Piano Meditation

Music from Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – Path of Totality
A film by JiYe Kim

Flux is:
David Binney – alto saxophone
Quinsin Nachoff – tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
Kenny Wollesen – drums, Wollesonic Percussion

Special Guest:
Mark Duggan – Marimbas, Vibraphones, Glockenspiels, Crotales, Tibetan Singing Bowls

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Flux, Path of Totality – March Macabre

Music from Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – Path of Totality
A film by Gita Blak

Special guest:
Orlando Hernández – tap dance

Flux is:
David Binney – alto saxophone, C melody saxophone
Quinsin Nachoff – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano/harmonium
Kenny Wollesen – drums, wollesonic percussion

Guests:
Carl Maraghi – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Dan Urness, Matt Holman – trumpets
Ryan Keberle – trombone
Alan Ferber – trombone/bass trombone

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