Unbeknown (2015) - Bespoken (feat. Germaine Liu)
live at Ratio 9.23.2015
Now Neither One Of Us Is Breaking
Nick Storring (Picastro, I Have Eaten the City, Bespoken) has recently assembled this eponymous band, bringing aboard a rotating cast of some of his favourite local players to interpret his open-ended compositions. The present lineup consists of percussionist Germaine Liu, celebrated chamber composer John Mark Sherlock (on electromechanical keyboards), vocalist Zoë Alexis-Abrams (one half of Manticore), violinist Ilana Waniuk (one of Thin Edge New Music's artistic directors), all musicians who impress equally as interpreters and improvisers.
Elsewhere, Storring has garnered a considerable reputation as both a composer and live presence with commissions from Eve Egoyan and Arraymusic, and appearances at Obey Convention, Vancouver New Music's Nomadic Streams Festival and the Music Gallery's X-Avant Festival. His albums "Gardens" (Scissor Tail Editions) and "Endless Conjecture" (Orange Milk Records), featured large ensemble pieces where all the parts were performed by him on a wide array of instruments.
"The sheer ambition Storring demonstrates through painstakingly composing and arranging this work is commendable on its own. That the ultimate result is so utterly gorgeous is almost beyond words. 9/10" --Exclaim! on Gardens
John Mark Sherlock is a composer working in and around Toronto whose music is peculiar for its use of electro-mechanical keyboards.
Germaine Liu is a Toronto-based percussionist, performer and composer. Liu has performed as a soloist and has been privileged to work with many wonderful musicians, dancers and artists. During her undergraduate degree at University of Guelph, Liu studied percussion with John Goddard and Jesse Stewart and music with Ellen Waterman. At York University in Toronto she studied composition with David Mott.
Zoë Alexis-Abrams is a multidisciplinary artist and composer based in Toronto. She was groomed as a page poet at York University Creative Writing, but has since melted into a pool of phonetics and moss.
Ilana Waniuk is a violinist and contemporary chamber music addict with interests ranging from classical music and improvisation to visual arts. She is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Thin Edge New Music Collective, a Toronto-based contemporary music ensemble dedicated to bringing innovative and eclectic 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.
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