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NYC-based composer and saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff has earned a reputation for making “pure, bracing, thought-provoking music” that is “cliché-and convention-free” (Ottawa Citizen). Since moving from his native Toronto to New York City, Nachoff has made a habit of freely crossing borders: his music moves fluidly between the jazz and classical worlds and manages to be soul-stirring at the same time that it is intricately cerebral. His passions reach into both the arts and the sciences, with concepts from physics or astronomy sparking inspiration for exhilarating compositions. That state of constant unpredictability is vividly captured in both the name and the music of Nachoff’s remarkable group Flux, which thrives in the spaces between genres, styles and inspirations. But 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 and was heralded as “one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years” by All About Jazz. Since that time Nachoff has found success in both worlds. In November 2018 he’ll premiere a new Violin Concerto, his first String Quartet (commissioned by Quebec’s Molinari String Quartet) and a new large ensemble piece in Montreal. These are the latest additions to a growing catalogue of compositions for a variety of diverse ensembles

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For Flux, Path of Totality:

4.5 stars. “Path of Totality is a stunning, deep dive of an album, the sort of music in which one could spend hours submersed.” – J.D. Considine, DownBeat, February 2019

4.5 stars. “an imaginative and ground breaking suite of compositions” – Roger Farbey, AllAboutJazz, January 2019

For Flux (self-titled debut):

★★★★ “...an intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery.” —Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“Marked by an impenetrable unity, 'Flux' overflows with great resourcefulness, becoming a distinct echo of modernity and inspiration.” —Critic Pick, JazzTrail

★★★★ “The quartet's self-command is engaged in a battle with each individual player's sense of freedom, making for that agitation that marks all great music.” —Mark Corroto All About Jazz

★★★★ “...the quartet projects a cunning musical personality as large and small surprises trickle through the seams on a recurring basis...”, —Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

MMus, University of Toronto (2007) BMus Honours, University of Toronto (1997) Teaching @ University of Toronto (2004-2008) (Improvisation, Ensembles, Private Lessons) Teaching @ Humber University, Toronto (2007-2008) (Improvisation, Private Lessons) Teaching @ York University, Toronto (2002-2003) (Private Lessons)

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Album Urban(e) by Mike Fahie

Urban(e)

Greenleaf Music
2021

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Album Pivotal Arc by Quinsin Nachoff

Pivotal Arc

Whirlwind Recordings
2020

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Album Path of Totality by Quinsin Nachoff

Path of Totality

Whirlwind Recordings
2019

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Album Path of Totality by Quinsin Nachoff

Path of Totality

Whirlwind Records
2019

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Album Atwood Suites by Andrew Rathbun

Atwood Suites

Origin Records
2018

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Album Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio by Quinsin Nachoff

Quinsin Nachoff's...

Whirlwind Recordings
2017

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Path of Totality

Path of Totality

Quinsin Nachoff
Path of Totality

Two Islands III

Two Islands III

Quinsin Nachoff
Atwood Suites

Clairvoyant Jest

Clairvoyant Jest

Quinsin Nachoff
Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio

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Tilted

Quinsin Nachoff
Flux

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