Commissioned and performed by Nathalie Bonin

Quinsin Nachoff - Composer Profile


Photos by Asuka Kakitani

The vision for this Concerto is one that blends Contemporary Classical, Jazz, Rock and Pop influences into a unified and unique work. Challenging composed material for both the versatile soloist and ensemble are juxtaposed with improvised settings to showcase the soloist's personal style and virtuosity.

Violinist Nathalie Bonin has been an integral part of two previous recordings Magic Numbers and Horizons Ensemble. This concerto commission evolved from these collaborations.

Movement 1

An imaginary deconstructed and reconstructed Tango, this Movement sets the tone, intensity and sound palette for the work. It is a rhythmic expansion and exploration of Tango rhythm.

Movement 2

A haunting Ballad that sweeps through several tonal landscapes. Highlights include colourful orchestration and subtle interplay with the percussion and bass. A gorgeous improvised violin solo leads into both a written and improvised cadenza that bridges to the final Movement.

Movement 3

A Balkan-infused Movement that showcases the violinist's virtuosic range and rhythmic strength. It mirrors the rhythmic exploration of the first movement.

The musicians:

Ben Kono - Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo
Sam Sadigursky - Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute
Alden Banta - Bass Clarinet, Bassoon

Dan Urness - Trumpet I
Matt Holman - Trumpet II
Mike Boschen - Trombone
Jeff Nelson - Bass Trombone

Joyce Hammann - Violin I
Mary Whitaker - Violin II
Lois Martin - Viola
Robert Burkhart - Cello

Patricia Franceschy - Vibraphone
Mark Helias - Bass
Satoshi Takeishi - Drums, Percussion

JC Sanford - Conductor

This demo was recorded January 27, 2014 by Mike Marciano at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY.
Editing and Mixing by David Travers-Smith at Found Sound, Toronto, Canada.

This work was commissioned through the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts.

Nathalie Bonin

Active on the local and international scene Nathalie Bonin has been guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrating the release of the album “Portrait in Seven Shades” at the prestigious Rose Theater of the JALC in New York City. She has been a member of the New York based jazz quintet Ted Nash and ODEON since 2005. Nathalie was guest soloist of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) directed by Walter Boudreau, concertmaster for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal for their Western Canada Tour in 2007, and section musician with the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Opéra de Montréal since 1993. Aside from her numerous contributions as soloists in contemporary classical, jazz, tango and world music ensembles, Nathalie has also performed and recorded with: Luciano Pavarotti, Charles Aznavour, Gino Vannelli, Garou, Salvatore Adamo, Bran Van 3000, Moist, Gage, Nanette Workman, Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize. She has played on more than 60 albums and numerous television and movie soundtracks such as: My First Wedding, Cruel and Unusual, The Watch Tower, Sans Elle, Les Muses Orphelines, Aurore, René and Maurice Richard as well as soundtracks for various musicals. Nathalie has won many prizes and awards: winner of numerous Canada Arts Council and Quebec Arts Council Grants (1998-2008); 1st Prize Darhius Milhaud Competition (McGill University, 1992); 1st Prize Long Island University Summer Festival Concerto Competition (1985), and winner at the Canadian Music Competition in Montreal (1981). She also composes for television having cumulated numerous credits for network national and international television programs.