formed in 2006, after being set up on a musical blind date, the knot has pursued an exploration of both the cello and the medium of improvisation.
our aim has been to cultivate an inclusive and fluid sound which both embraces and scrutinizes various conventions on the instrument. this includes the cello’s default lyricism, canonized extended techniques, “bad” technique (moves cribbed from amateurs), and approaches transposed from other musical traditions and instruments. accordingly, we regularly employ various sorts of mutes, preparations and sounding tools (mallets, plectra, kitchen utensils, vibrators) to achieve different but entirely acoustic sounds. we're not afraid, though, of settling into a nice cantabile passage either.
while our music is created through improvisation, we don’t put stock in the idea of a genreless “creative” music. our approach welcomes textures and gestures from folk musics, classical musics, rock, and various experimental traditions.
tidewrack displays an array of possibilities within our approach. bookended by two longer pieces from a completely spontaneous live set (at kyle brenders' inbetween series in toronto, april 2013), the inner three pieces were generated in a vaguely more compositional manner, intentionally focusing on a narrower set of material or parameters
released February 1, 2015
Tilman Lewis & Nick Storring - Acoustic (Prepared) Cellos
recorded, mixed and mastered in toronto by nick storring
photo and design by nick storring | zinc etchings by nicole cultraro
thank you: kyle brenders, scott thomson, sandro perri, jakob rehlinger, aaron lumley, james lindsay, joe strutt, araz salek, eve egoyan, clara engel, michael keith, glen hall, david sait, aidan baker, simon reynell, sharif sehnaoui, kate lewis, johanna lewis, thea lewis, gertrud jaron lewis, dwight and kathy storring, nicole cultraro.
Nick Storring is a composer and musician residing in Toronto. His music has been presented and performed by Eve Egoyan,
Quatuor Bozzini, Beijing's Musicacoustica Festival, AKOUSMA, Arraymusic and appeared on labels such as Entr'acte, Scissor Tail, Notice Recordings and Orange Milk.
"Storring HAS IT, his compositional prowess only eclipsed by his sense of atmosphere and space." -Tiny Mix Tapes...more
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