A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #16 in the series is producer and audio engineer/tonmeister David Travers-Smith! David has been an integral part of nearly every recording of mine over the past 20 years. His focus on clear and transparent sounds and attention to detail is remarkable. He is also an ideal collaborator as his calm and engaged demeanour are an asset to any situation. A true tonmeister!
Pivotal Arc (Whirlwind Recordings) was accepted by The Recording Academy for GRAMMY® nomination consideration! If you are a member of the Academy please consider voting.
It is competing in a number of categories: • Classical Compendium • Classical Instrumental Solo – Nathalie Bonin • Chamber Music Ensemble Performance – Molinari String Quartet • Contemporary Classical Composition • Instrumental Composition • Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella • Producer of the Year (Classical) • Recording Package
A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #15 in the series is lead trumpeter Jocelyn Couture! Even after five days of intense rehearsing, concert and recording of intricate and demanding parts, Jocelyn offered take after take of extra-high note options. He had truly remarkable stamina, accuracy and musicality throughout! It was great to meet and work with him
A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #14 in the series is bass trombonist Robert Ellis! From mighty to delicate, Bob always provided the ideal foundation for the ensemble. It was great to meet and work with him!
A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #13 in the series is bass clarinetist Brent Besner! Nailing all of the challenging bass lines while blending impeccably with the other instruments, it was great to meet and work with Brent!
A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #12 in the series is trombonist David Grott! David made all of the tricky trombone passages sound effortless, it was great to meet and work with him!
A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #11 in the series is woodwind player Jean-Pierre Zanella! JP did an outstanding job with one of the most challenging books in the Violin Concerto, playing a multitude of instruments. He always had a positive vibe with a witty sense of humour. It was great to work with him after hearing him on recordings and knowing about him on the scene for many years!
A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #10 in the series is trumpeter Bill Mahar! Bill had a great vibe throughout the whole process and particularly shone on the written solo trumpet parts in the Violin Concerto’s second movement!
A mini-interview series for the Pivotal Arc release on Whirlwind Recordings #9 in the series is clarinetist and saxophonist Yvan Belleau! He jokes about my recommendation, when I initially sent him the music, to check out the parts “sooner than later…” It was great to meet and work with him!
Out today, Pivotal Arc (Whirlwind Recordings), a boundary-crossing album of three diverse long-form works conceived as complementary pieces: a Violin Concerto, written for soloist Nathalie Bonin, a String Quartet written for the Quatuor Molinari and the titular large ensemble work featuring bassist Mark Helias, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and myself on saxophones. Vibraphonist Michael Davidson is also featured along with conductor JC Sanford leading an ensemble of outstanding musicians from Québec. . Get it here, available in limited edition 180g dark green vinyl, CD & DL: https://wwr.dj/2DrzZHy . Woodwinds: Jean-Pierre Zanella, Yvan Belleau, Brent Besner Brass: Jocelyn Couture, Bill Mahar, David Grott, Robert Ellis Molinari String Quartet: Olga Ranzenhofer, Antoine Bareil, Frederic Lambert, Pierre-alain Bouvrette . Tonmeister: David Travers-Smith Video footage: Preston Beebe Video production: QN Recorded at Studios Piccolo Assistant Engineer: Patrice Pruneau With thanks to Rene Aube . Thanks to Albert Chambers and Studio Base Bin . Album artwork from the collection “Touch base, Arctic Solargraphy” by Udo Prinsen with layout+design by Lee Hutzulak (Leisure Thief) . A special thank you to the NYC musicians that made a demo of the Violin Concerto in 2014: Ben Kono, Sam Sadigursky, Alden Banta, Dan Urness, Matt Holman, Mike Boschen, Jeff Nelson, Patricia Brennan, Joyce Hammann, Mary Whitaker, Lois Martin and Robert Burkhart. . A very special thank you to Jim McNeely for his help with the Violin Concerto and teaching over the years. . Portrait photos by Bo Huang, stylist La Fumiko, artwork Paula Arciniega . . This project was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada . All compositions by Quinsin Nachoff SOCAN Music