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"Path of Totality" is the first track from saxophonist/composer Quinsin Nachoff's album of the same title, out February 8, 2019 via Whirlwind Records. The second release from Nachoff's innovative, genre-eclipsing band Flux - Nachoff, saxophonist David Binney, pianist/composer Matt Mitchell, drummer/percussionist Kenny Wollesen, and drummer Nate Wood - the album melds jazz and classical music with an arsenal of vintage electro-acoustic instruments. Neither Toronto nor New York, the two cities that Quinsin Nachoff calls home, offered prime viewing conditions as the moon eclipsed the sun in August of 2017. But Nachoff, who has long drawn inspiration from the scientific wonders of the universe, couldn't help but be moved by this rare astronomical phenomenon - and to find a degree of solace in it. After all, here was a shadow large enough to blot out the face of the sun, darkening the Earth and then moving on. In the Path of Totality could be found hope that this, too - whatever "this" might be in the moment, whether political, personal or environmental - will indeed pass.
CD 1: Path of Totality; Bounce; Toy Piano Meditation; CD 2: March Macabre; Splatter; Orbital Resonances.
David Binney: alto saxophone, C melody saxophone; Quinsin Nachoff: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Matt Mitchell: piano, Prophet 6, modular synthesizer, Novachord, harpsichord, Estey pump harmonium; Kenny Wollesen (1,3,4,6): drums, Wollesonic percussion; Nate Wood (1,2,5,6): drums; Jason Barnsley: 1924 Kimball Theatre Organ (2); Mark Duggan: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, Tibetan singing bowls (3); Carl Maraghi: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet (4); Dan Urness, Matt Holman: trumpet (4); Ryan Keberle: trombone (4); Alan Ferber: trombone, bass trombone (4); Orlando Hernández: tap dance (4); David Travers-Smith: Buchla 200E analog modular system, EMS Synthi 100 analog/digital hybrid synthesizer, Arp Chroma (Rhodes) analog synthesizer, clavioline, Oberheim SEM, modular Moog (5).
February 15, 2019
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