Sunday, October 1, 2017

Recording: Nick Storring and ensemble

Artist: Nick Storring and ensemble

Song: Epigeous Memory [excerpt] [composer: Nick Storring]

Recorded at Allan Gardens (Intersection – Day 4), September 4, 2017.

Nick Storring and ensemble - Epigeous Memory [excerpt]

In recent years, the Intersection Festival would normally consist of a paid concert, usually the night before the day-long extravaganza in Yonge-Dundas Square. This year, however, under the continued guidance of Burn Down The Capital's Tad Michalak, the festival expanded to four events, including a pair of concerts at The Jam Factory. New this year, and bringing things to a most delightful conclusion, was this free afternoon inside the conservatories at Allan Gardens, mixing a variety of performers into the varied microenvironments — despite the crowds filling the greenhouses to the brim, it was a wonderfully serene occasion.

In the far corner of the Tropical House, Nick Storring gathered this small group — his cello, plus Xuan Ye (harmonium, melodica, percussion), Colin Fisher (saxophone and pop can) and Brodie West (saxophone) — while the turtles over in the pond sat patiently and listened. This site-specific piece was written to encourage the performers to wander in the room and spacialize their sound, but it was too crowded for that. Instead, they referred to score pages with labels like "Agenda" and "Appendix", drifting through the piece like a meandering tune.

[You can see some footage from this set over at Brandon Caswell Douglas' Intersection playlist.]

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