Bandcamp is foregoing their profits today to go directly to artists!
Most of my catalog's up there, along with many friends' and other new music to be discovered.
If you are able, please consider stocking up on new music today!
Hoping that everyone's staying safe and healthy.

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March 20, 2020
Bandcamp Day

Bandcamp is foregoing their profits today to go directly to artists!
Most of my catalog’s up there, along with many friends’ and other new music to be discovered.
If you are able, please consider stocking up on new music today!
Hoping that everyone’s staying safe and healthy.

January 2, 2020
A New Year, a New Decade

As we welcome in a new decade, thank you to the critics that have included ‘Path of Totality’ in their yearend lists!
Gratitude to the musicians (David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood) and to everyone involved in this album and mini-film series!

Happy New Year!

J.D. Considine, DownBeat Magazine
2019: The Year’s Top-Rated Albums (under 4.5 Star Albums)
Review from Feb 2019

Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Top of the lists of both Best of Canadian Jazz 2019 and Top Jazz Albums of 2019 (worldwide)
”...saxophonist and bracing composer Quinsin Nachoff, whose mind-expanding double album tops my list, thanks to its broad range of stimulations and the intense and creative contributions of saxophonist David Binney and Nachoff himself, keyboard wizard Matt Mitchell and drummers Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood.”

Dave Sumner, Bandcamp
The Best Jazz Albums of 2019
“All kinds of albums are inspired by all kinds of events, but rarely do they translate so vividly to the final recording as they did on the 2019 release from Quinsin Nachoff. Inspired by a total solar eclipse, the saxophonist fills his compositions with the grandeur and wonder associated with celestial events, giving the music the dual qualities of a hyper-focused sprawling majesty. It’s as if he’s trying to take in the vastness of it all while drilling down on each tiny detail. It’s an outstanding work in its totality, and fascinating in each individual moment.”

Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press
Canadian albums of the decade
“Canadian saxophonist’s album here gets better and more complex with each listen; jazz to satisfy the fussiest fan.”

Steve Provizer, Arts Fuse
Best Jazz Recordings 2019
“A recording of distinction, with a wide musical palette, put together with great attention to form and detail and performed with tremendous skill.”

Robert Iannapollo, Cadence Magazine, Top Ten Recordings 2019

Tom Hull, Top Ten Recordings of 2019

‘Path of Totality’ is out on Whirlwind Recordings!
Available on Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes

December 24, 2019
Top of Ottawa Citizen's 2019 best Canadian jazz albums

Thank you Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, for including ‘Path of Totality’ at the top of his list of 2019’s best Canadian jazz albums!

Great to see so many friends, colleagues and mentors listed too. Happy holidays everyone!

UPDATE: Hono(u)red to be listed as top jazz album worldwide as well:

‘Path of Totality’ is out on Whirlwind Recordings!
Available on Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes

Featuring David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen, Nate Wood

A long list of 2019’s best Canadian jazz albums, plus even more honourable mentions

(Photo by Bo Huang)

December 17, 2019
DownBeat Magazine Best of 2019

Thanks to DownBeat Magazine for including ‘Path of Totality’ in their list of the best albums of 2019!

‘Path of Totality’ is out on Whirlwind Recordings!


Featuring David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood

June 3, 2019
'Orbital Resonances' Mini-Film Release - A film by Trent Freeman

Six cutting-edge filmmakers create works for release of ‘Path of Totality’ on Whirlwind Recordings

It’s been a thrill to see six filmmakers each interpret a track from my new release ‘Path of Totality’ on Whirlwind Recordings

The sixth and final film, ‘Orbital Resonances’, is by filmmaker/musician Trent Freeman! It explores celestial mechanics and features the stellar drumming of both Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood

Always, thanks to the amazing musicians David Binney on alto sax and Matt Mitchell on piano

You can check out the series of six films here
Thanks to all the filmmakers for their original work, fascinating to see as a collection: Lee Hutzulak, Anne Beal, Udo Prinsen, Gita Blak, JiYe Kim and Trent Freeman

Album and review highlights here

Thanks also to co-producer/engineer David Travers-Smith and Whirlwind Recordings’ Michael Janisch for making this odyssey possible!


May 6, 2019
'Toy Piano Meditation' Mini-Film Release - A film by JiYe Kim

Six cutting-edge filmmakers create works for release of ‘Path of Totality’ on Whirlwind Recordings

The fifth film, ‘Toy Piano Meditation’, is by NYC-based filmmaker JiYe Kim! 
Inspired loosely by John Cage‘s Suite for Toy Piano, it is a mediation on his music and ideas.

Always, huge thanks to the amazing musicians: David Binney, Matt Mitchell and Kenny Wollesen. Thanks to guest musician Mark Duggan, layering to create a percussion ensemble of marimbas, vibraphones, glockenspiels, crotales and Tibetan singing bowls.

Get the album here and see review highlights.

‘Like’ Quinsin Nachoff Artist Page to see the upcoming films as they are released!


April 1, 2019
'March Macabre' Mini-Film Release - A film by Gita Blak

Six cutting-edge filmmakers create works for release of ‘Path of Totality’ on Whirlwind Recordings

The fourth film, ‘March Macabre’, is by NYC-based filmmaker and animator Gita Blak! It features tap dancer Orlando Hernández in both the film and music.
Exploring themes in the current political climate, immigration, order and freedom, it is not coincidentally premiering on April Fools’ Day.

Always, huge thanks to the amazing musicians: David Binney, Matt Mitchell and Kenny Wollesen. That’s Kenny Wollesen’s March Machine heard in the opening. Thanks to the guest musicians layering to create a Big Band: Carl Maraghi, Dan Urness, Matt Holman, Ryan Keberle and Alan Ferber.

Get the album here and see review highlights.

‘Like’ Quinsin Nachoff Artist Page to see the upcoming films as they are released!


March 4, 2019
'Splatter' Mini-Film Release - A film by Udo Prinsen

Six cutting-edge filmmakers create works for release of ‘Path of Totality’ on Whirlwind Recordings

The third film, ‘Splatter’, is by Dutch filmmaker and animator Udo Prinsen! It was shot in the Arctic, accompanying a scientific expedition. The music was developed and recorded at the National Music Centre in Canada, during an Artist-in-Residency, and makes use of their extensive keyboard and synthesizer collection.

Always, huge thanks to the amazing musicians: David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Nate Wood and David Travers-Smith! (That’s Matt Mitchell tearing it up on the harpsichord and David Travers-Smith with a plethora of synthesizers!)

Get the album here and see review highlights.

‘Like” Quinsin Nachoff Artist Page to see the upcoming films as they are released!

Filmmaker Udo Prinsen talks about the experience:
“When Quinsin and I first talked about the design and mood for a short film for one of his tracks we met in similar thoughts about Nordic atmosphere,” says Prinsen. “The mystic of the arctic, the half time between the sun and the moon, mist, water and mountains all seemed to connect with one or the other of his tracks. The choice fell on Splatter, like all the tracks it has a storyline hidden within, but the quirky beginning had a sense of character that I could work with. The build-up of the track, even within 2 minutes, brings about an energy that moves and disturbs. Starting with very distant sounds it’s almost like a world is waking up, we are slowly traveling towards a land that’s gaining strength and speed and turning into a chaotic whirlwind of elements. The pace of the music was my guidance in what the shape of events was going to be. I was picturing a distant foggy world divided into two horizontal sections that come clearer and closer to one another during the film, while player of animation would bring life to the edit.”

“At the time we started our collaboration, I was about to take a photographic journey with sailing vessel Noorderlicht in the area of Spitsbergen. This brought about the opportunity to shoot footage in the arctic for our film….Back home the music track of Splatter dictated the edit and the ideas for a layer of animation started to grow. This intuitive approach gave birth to small wobbly creatures that live on the edge of reality and fantasy, old and new. The film, to me, feels like we are witnessing the end of one world and the birth of a new.

“Quinsin’s music is diverse, difficult, daring, and above all, very inspiring. What he has boldly decided to do, to commission 6 filmmakers to create 6 art tracks fitting to his music is a great example of a modern, global approach for creating art. Even though I haven’t met Quinsin in person yet, we have been able to find common ground in a visual and musical rhythm that feels like the beginning of a long friendship and hopefully inspires other artists to find similar collaborations.”


February 8, 2019
Flux - Path of Totality, Released Worldwide Today on Whirlwind Recordings!

Get it here

With thanks and gratitude to everyone involved on this journey-
The core musicians: David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood
Guests: Orlando Hernández, Mark Duggan, Carl Maraghi, Dan Urness, Matt Holman, Ryan Keberle, Alan Ferber and Jason Barnsley

Artwork and Design: Kate Gentile
Liner Notes: Shaun Brady

Co-producer and Tonmeister: David Travers-Smith
Executive Producer: Michael Janisch

Professor Stephen Morris at the University of Toronto Department of Physics for collaborating

Recorded at:
National Music Centre (Calgary, Canada)
John Leimseider, Jason Valleau, Jason Tawkin and Adam Fox
Also to JazzYYC and Kodi Hutchinson

Systems Two Recording Studio (Brooklyn, NY)
Mike Marciano, Andrew Cavaciuti and Nancy Marciano

Figure 8 Recording (Brooklyn, NY)
Nate Mendelsohn and Michael Coleman

The six commissioned filmmakers, two who have been revealed: Lee Hutzulak (Bounce) and Anne Beal (Path of Totality)

Publicist: Ann Braithwaite

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Leighton Artist Studios
National Music Centre Artist-in-Residence
The Canada Council for the Arts for supporting these Residencies

February 4, 2019
'Path of Totality' Mini-Film Release - A film by Anne Beal

Six cutting-edge filmmakers create works for the Feb 8 worldwide release of ‘Path of Totality’ on Whirlwind Recordings.

The second film, ‘Path of Totality’, is by Brooklyn experimental animator Anne Beal! This piece, featuring two drummers, uses the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 as its inspiration.

Always, huge thanks to the amazing musicians: David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood!

Pre-orders here at Whirlwind Recordings

‘Like’ Quinsin Nachoff Artist Page to see the upcoming films as they are released!


February 3, 2019
'Path of Totality' JUNO Nomination

Honoured to be nominated for a JUNO Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group for Flux - Path of Totality!

In excellent company - congratulations to my fellow nominees Andy Milne, Mike Murley and Allison Au. And to Andrew Rathbun whose Large Ensemble I had the pleasure of being a part of!

Always, thanks to the amazing musicians David Binney, Matt Mitchell (plus all the guests!) And to the others involved deeply with this project: David Travers-Smith, Kate Gentile, Ann Braithwaite & Vanessa Lee! Released on Whirlwind Recordings

February 3, 2019
New 'Path of Totality' Reviews

4.5 Stars. “An imaginative and ground breaking suite of compositions.” - Roger Farbey, AllAboutJazz
Full review here

“this sonic adventure is a form of alchemy, a magical science beyond explanation.” - Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest
Full review here

January 14, 2019
'Bounce' Mini-Film Release - A Film by Lee Hutzulak

Film 1/6 - Bounce - Film by Lee Hutzulak - Music from Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux: Path of Totality

As part of the Feb 8th worldwide release of ‘Path of Totality’ on Whirlwind Recordings, I commissioned six cutting-edge filmmakers to create an original work in response to a miniature version of each composition.

The first film is ‘Bounce’ by Lee Hutzulak, a filmmaker, artist and musician based in Vancouver, Canada! This piece uses the physics of a bouncing object as the inspiration - thank you to Dr Stephen Morris at University of Toronto Physics for his computer programming and collaboration on this piece!

And always huge thanks to the amazing musicians: David Binney, Matt Mitchell and Nate Wood!

Pre-orders up here:


December 21, 2018
DownBeat 4.5 Stars for Path of Totality

Thank you DownBeat Magazine and JD Considine for a 4.5 star review in the upcoming February edition for Path of Totality!

This may, or may not, also coincide numerically with the rotations around the sun that I’m celebrating today…

“In all, Path of Totality is a stunning, deep dive of an album, the sort of music in which one could spend hours submersed.”

Pre-orders ups here
Whirlwind Recordings


December 21, 2018
Path of Totality - Update

Path of Totality is now available for pre-order here

Immense thanks to everyone involved in this epic 2-CD / 2-LP project:
to the core musicians David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood -
the gorgeous artwork & design of Kate Gentile -
the guest musicians Orlando Hernández, Dan Urness, Matt Holman, Ryan Keberle, Alan Ferber, Carl Maraghi & Mark Duggan -
co-producer/engineer David Travers-Smith -
Dr Stephen Morris of University of Toronto Physics Department!

Watch for some surprise announcements coming in the new year!

Whirlwind Recordings
CD (double disc with liner notes) / DL / limited edition 180gram gatefold 2 x LP

December 21, 2018
Kaléidoscope Concert / Recording

A huge thanks to the amazing: soloist Nathalie Bonin, Molinari String Quartet (Olga Ranzenhofer, Antoine Bareil, Frederic Lambert, Pierre-alain Bouvrette), Montréal musicians (Jean-Pierre Zanella, Yvan Belleau, Brent Besner, Jocelyn Couture, Bill Mahar, David Grott & Robert Ellis), Toronto’s Michael Davidson & David Travers-Smith, and NYC’s Mark Helias, Satoshi Takeishi & JC Sanford!
We had a great time premiering the Violin Concerto, String Quartet #1 and a large ensemble work, Pivotal Arc, at Gesù in Montréal (co-presenting the concert with Le Vivier Group) and recording at the outstanding Studio Piccolo (assistant engineer Patrice Pruneau).
Also colossal thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts and the community of Canadian musicians and artists who made this project possible.
Will be at David Travers-Smith’s studio early in the New Year to finish editing and begin mixing this new recording!

October 25, 2018
Kaléidoscope Concert - Nov 24 Gesù - Montréal - 19h30!

Ne manquez pas 3 Premières Mondiales des plus éclectiques et étonnantes du compositeur et saxophoniste Quinsin Nachoff dont la musique “pure, stimulante et provocante” explore les territoires aux frontières du jazz moderne et de la musique classique. Le program inclut le concerto pour violon avec soliste Nathalie Bonin, le Quatuor #1 avec le Quatuor Molinari et une oeuvre pour grand ensemble avec le bassiste Mark Helias, le batteur Satoshi Takeishi et le chef d’orchestre JC Sanford de New York; le vibraphoniste Michael Davidson de Toronto et parmi les meilleurs musiciens jazz de Montréal.

Don’t miss eclectic, intriguing world premieres by NYC saxophonist/composer Quinsin Nachoff, whose “pure, bracing, thought-provoking music” explores the terrain between modern jazz and contemporary classical. Program includes Violin Concerto featuring Nathalie Bonin, String Quartet No. 1 featuring the Molinari String Quartet, and a large ensemble work with bassist Mark Helias, drummer Satoshi Takeishi, and conductor JC Sanford from NYC; Toronto vibraphonist Michael Davidson; and a roster of first-call Montreal musicians.
Concert in collaboration with Groupe Le Vivier and made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada Arts Council.

Nathalie Bonin - violon solo (violin soloist)
Le Quatuor Molinari (Molinari String Quartet)
Quinsin Nachoff - compositeur/saxophoniste (composer/tenor saxophone), NYC

Michael Davidson - vibraphone, Toronto
Mark Helias - basse (bass), NYC
Satoshi Takeishi - Batterie (drums), NYC
JC Sanford - chef d’orchestra (conductor), NYC

Jean-Pierre Zanella – saxophone soprano/flute/clarinette/piccolo (soprano saxophone/flute/clarinet/piccolo)
Yvan Belleau - saxophone tenor/clarinet (tenor saxophone/clarinet)
Brent Besner – clarinette bass (bass clarinet)
Jocelyn Couture – 1ère trompette (trumpet 1)
Bill Mahar – 2e trompette (trumpet 2)
David Grott - trombone
Bob Ellis - trombone basse (bass trombone)

Le Gesù
1200 Rue de Bleury
Montréal, QC







Concert en collaboration avec Groupe Le Vivier et rendu possible grâce au support du Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada

July 21, 2017
Turning Point Ensemble, Ethereal Trio & sophomore Flux recording in the works

Flux sophomore recording in the works
Back here in Brooklyn and busy working on new music to complete Flux’s sophomore recording to feature David Binney (alto sax), Matt Mitchell (piano, keyboards and synths) and both Kenny Wollesen and Nate Wood (drummers). Recording dates set for early September - watch for an early 2018 release.

Turning Point Ensemble premiere of Winding Tessellations (saxophone concerto)

Had a great time at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in late June premiering a new saxophone concerto for the Turning Point Ensemble (chamber orchestra). It was also a pleasure to play on John Hollenbeck’s and François Houle’s compositions. Special thanks to physicist Dr Stephen Morris (University of Toronto) for his help with some source materials for the composition - cracks forming in drying mud.

A snippet from rehearsal:

Ethereal Trio

Ethereal Trio (Whirlwind Recordings) featuring Mark Helias (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums) is receiving some nice press and the recording can be purchased through Whirlwind Recordings here. The newest review at AllAboutJazz by Mark Corroto: “intricate pieces that morphed into improvisational masterworks…Highly recommended”

March 30, 2017
Ethereal Trio ft. Mark Helias & Dan Weiss coming May 19!

New album, Ethereal Trio featuring Mark Helias and Dan Weiss, coming May 19 on Whirlwind Recordings!

More info here at Whirlwind website

Big thanks to Diana Piruzevska at Naked Eye Media for the video teaser; A Man Called Wrycraft for artwork/design/layout; recorded by Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn; audio sorcery by David Travers-Smith at Found Sound Toronto; Evan Shay for b&w photography

January 29, 2017
Flux updates
(Flux in Montreal at Café Resonance, December 2016)

We had a great tour in November and December of 2016 and hit Systems Two Recording Studio in Brooklyn right after to track most of a new album. Watch for it with an end-of-2017 release.

A nice review came out in Jazziz in January - “...the juxtaposition of the comparatively deliberate ‘Astral Echo Poem’ and the whirling maelstrom that is the concluding ‘Tilted’ demonstrates the combo’s thrillingly wide range.”

Flux was on a several ‘best-of 2016’ lists, including:

Peter Hum’s Jazz List Bliss

Maurice Hogue’s Favourites of 2016


November 7, 2016
Flux Tour begins...


Take your mind off US election overload - here’s a kitty pic.
Flux, featuring David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen/Nate Wood hits the road Thursday for CD release tour!

Thursday, Nov 10
Edmonton, Yardbird Suite
Link here

Saturday, Nov 12
Calgary, King Eddy, JazzYYC/National Music Centre
Link here

Sunday, Nov 13
Vancouver, The Western Front, Coastal Jazz and Blues
Link here

Monday, Nov 14
Winnipeg, West End Cultural Centre
Link here

Tuesday, Nov 15
Brandon, University of Brandon
Link here

Wednesday, Nov 16
Chicago, Constellation
Link here

Thursday, Nov 17
Friday, Nov 18
Toronto, The Rex
Link here

Saturday, Nov 19
Waterloo, The Jazz Room
Link here

CD and download available on:




September 1, 2016
Flux: Now out, early reviews, upcoming CD release tour!

Now available at:



Flux is
David Binney - alto sax
Quinsin Nachoff - tenor sax
Matt Mitchell - keyboards
Kenny Wollesen - drums


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

★★★★ “The initial perplexity of listening gives way to curiosity, fascination and endorsement.” —David Cristol, Jazz Magazine France

”...balancing intriguing modern composing with compelling improvising…”
—David Royko,

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


US-Canada Tour coming November/December 2016

Nov 10 Edmonton, Yardbird

Nov 12 Calgary, National Music Centre / Jazz YYC

Nov 13 Vancouver, Coastal Jazz

Nov 14 Winnipeg, West End Cultural Centre

Nov 15 University of Brandon, Manitoba

Nov 16 Chicago, Constellation

Nov 17 Toronto, The Rex

Nov 18 Toronto, The Rex

Nov 19 Waterloo, The Jazz Room

Dec 17 Montreal, Café Résonance

Dec 18 New York City, 55 Bar

August 19, 2016
New Horizons Ensemble Review

A positive new review of Horizons Ensemble - a decade later!

“Nothing about…Horizons Ensemble is typical from track to track, mirroring only itself, yet expansive in a way that’s elemental.”

BirdIsTheWorm - Horizons Ensemble2

Album available here through Bandcamp!



April 4, 2016
QN Trio Concerts

QN Trio featuring Mark Helias and Dan Weiss

Thurs. April 21 NYC - Cornelia Street Café - 8pm w/ Eivind Opsvik bass (DOUBLE BILL with Jeremy Powell Quintet) Fri. April 22 Toronto - The Rex - 9:30pm Sat. April 23 Montreal - Resonance Café - 9pm

January 13, 2016
Pyramid Project - Jan 2016

Wednesday, January 20th at SEEDS::Brooklyn 8:30pm Facebook Invite here. Thursday, January 21st at IBeam Brooklyn 9pm Facebook Invite here.

October 4, 2015
QN's Pyramid Project


Pyramid Project Cornelia Street
A big thanks to both the inimitable musicians playing and the attentive audience who came to listen for a very fun adventure last night at Cornelia Street Café!

Pictured Left to Right: Jonathan Finlayson, Ralph Alessi, Mark Ferber, QN, John Clark, Ryan Keberle, Marcus Rojas.
Photo by: Ben Kono


July 23, 2015
John Taylor

I’ve been very saddened hearing of the passing of the great pianist John Taylor.

Some favourite albums are his work with Azimuth, the Peter Erskine Trio and Kenny Wheeler.

I had the pleasure of presenting a concert at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and making a recording of one of my projects with him in 2005. No matter what I had composed John always made it his own with his unique touch and time-feel. It was also an amazing learning experience playing with one of the best accompanists and a true improviser - on the pieces we had multiple solo takes it was near impossible trying to decide which one to use on the record. I also remember from the session that he was in good spirits as he had reconnected with his high school sweetheart (his future wife) and whenever there were breaks on the session he’d head outside to text with her. After the day’s recording we would end the eve off with a hang at the pub - we found a decent English pub near his hotel. A very friendly and warm soul, it was great to hear stories and his thoughts about working with Kenny and others.

Several years later we reconnected at The Sound Symposium in Newfoundland where he was playing a solo concert. Not only was the music sublime, but the hang afterwards over several pints was also as welcoming as ever.

I’m very glad I had an opportunity to work with him. I’m thinking about his music and playing, reminiscing about my session and wishing his family my condolences.

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The Guardian obituary here.
The Ottawa Citizen obituary here.

June 4, 2015
QN Trio w/ Penderecki String Quartet

Back in NYC after a really fun couple of concerts with Dan Weiss and Mark Helias with The Penderecki String Quartet. Everyone played beautifully and the hang was great!
At the final concert at The Rex this past Sunday it was a pleasure to play for such an attentive audience (and to see so many friends and colleagues.)
Looking forward to more playing with this configuration in the future!

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Quinsin Nachoff Trio (feat. Mark Helias and Dan Weiss) and The Penderecki String Quartet - Friday, May 29th, 2015 - Rehearsal at the Registry Theatre - Kitchener Quinsin Nachoff Trio (feat. Mark Helias and Dan Weiss) and The Penderecki String Quartet - Friday, May 29th, 2015 - Rehearsal at The Registry Theatre - Kitchener
May 11, 2015
Quinsin Nachoff Trio (feat. Mark Helias and Dan Weiss) with the Penderecki String Quartet

Quinsin Nachoff Trio with the Penderecki String Quartet

August 22, 2014
Mary Whitaker

It is with shock and great sadness to learn of the sudden and tragic death of violinist Mary Whitaker. I had the great pleasure of working with her on my violin concerto demo this past January. In addition to being a great player she had such a positive, warm and encouraging attitude. My deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. DSC_0258Photo by Asuka Kakitani at our rehearsal in January 2014.

June 18, 2014
Violin Concerto

Finally finished up the editing and mixing of my Violin Concerto demo commissioned by Nathalie Bonin. We recorded it in January at Systems 2 in Brooklyn with a great ensemble.
Many thanks to the amazing musicians involved!

Here’s a short preview and some photos from the session.

(Photos by Asuka Kakitani)

The musicians are all exceptional artists based in NYC:

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.



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June 18, 2014

A few months ago I did an interview for composer and pianist Earl McDonald which is available here. We were both part of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop this year.

June 18, 2014
Technical Difficulties...

We were experiencing some technical difficulties today. Everything should be back to normal by tomorrow afternoon. Thanks.

April 30, 2012
DOUBLE BILL: Ryan Keberle's Catharsis & QN's Flux

COMING ON: Sunday, May 6, 2012

IBeam Brooklyn
168 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY


Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis
Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet
Ryan Keberle - Trombone & Compositions
Ricky Rodriguez - Bass
Ferenc Nemeth - Drums
“A trombonist of eclectic sideman experience — in recent months he could be found on tour with Sufjan Stevens, on television with the Saturday Night Live Band and in concert with the Maria Schneider Orchestra — Mr. Keberle has also been making his mark as a composer-bandleader” —NY Times


Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux
David Binney - Alto Sax
Quinsin Nachoff - Tenor Sax & Compositions
Matt Mitchell - keys
Kenny Wollesen - Drums
“a world that spans jazz and pop inflection to create something at once familiar and ‘wondrous strange’” —Wholenote Magazine
“a fascinating mind…exquisite, forlorn tenor.” —Downbeat Magazine
February 23, 2012
Forward Motion Canada March Tour!

Gearing up for a Canadian tour in March with Forward Motion featuring:
Russ Johnson - trumpet
Andy Milne - keys
Dan Weiss - drums
QN - sax & compositions

Our schedule:
Sat., March 17 – 9:30pm @ The Rex, Toronto, Ontario
Sun., March 18 – 2:00pm @ The Wilson Room, Kingston Public Library, Kingston, Ontario
Mon., March 19 - Workshop (tba) Kingston, Ontario
Tues., March 20 – 9:00pm @ Tonic Tavern, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wed., March 21 – 12:00pm Concert & Workshop @ Bedford Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Thurs., March 22 – 9:00pm @ Beatniq, Calgary, Alberta
Fri., March 23 – 9:00pm @ Cultural Centre Black Box Theatre, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Sat., March 24 - 9:00pm @ Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Alberta
Sun., March 25 – 8:00pm @ Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC
Mon., March 26 – 8:00pm Concert & Workshop @ Victoria Island University, Nanaimo, BC

Spread the word and hit up a show!

February 23, 2012
Winterlude Ottawa JazzFest

Had a great time playing at the Ottawa Winterlude JazzFest this year-

Flux (w/ Dave Binney, Matt Mitchell & Kenny Wollesen) got some nice press from Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen with a preview and review of the show.
“a pure, bracing, thought provoking music…cliche-and convention-free”
“advanced and viscerally hard-hitting original music”

Also a blog interview with Artistic Director Petr Cancura.

January 16, 2012
QN's Flux in Toronto

We had our maiden voyage in NYC last week and it was a blast-
looking forward to bringing this band to my hometown!
(+we’re heading into the studio in early Feb)

QN’s Flux:
Dave Binney - Alto Saxophone
QN - Tenor Saxophone & Compositions
Matt Mitchell - Fender Rhodes
Kenny Wollesen - Drums

Sat Jan 21 & Sun Jan 22 (9:3Opm, 2 sets)
@The Rex - Toronto

(also a workshop at Humber College on Fri Jan 2o 4:15pm)

January 6, 2012
QN's Flux debut

I’m looking forward to debuting a new group this Monday January 9th at 8:30pm in NYC

Dave Binney - Alto Sax
QN - Tenor Sax & Compositions
Matt Mitchell - Fender Rhodes
Kenny Wollesen - Drums

at the Cornelia St Cafe

We play the first set at 8:30pm,
to be followed by a great group led by Michael Attias.

Also to watch for with this group in Jan & Feb:
Jan 20 Workshop at Humber College - Toronto (4pm)
Jan 21 Concert at theRex - Toronto (9:30pm)
Jan 22 Concert at theRex - Toronto (9:30pm)
Feb 3 Workshop at Carleton University - Ottawa
Feb 3 Concert at Winter Ottawa Jazz Festival

& we’re heading into the studio in Brooklyn early Feb!

December 11, 2011


So a bunch of fun projects on the go at the moment:

Wednesday, Dec 14th, 2011
8:30 pm - 1 set

Quinsin Nachoff’s Pyramid Project:
Music for Brass Quintet, drums & saxophone.

A NY-premier of a suite commissioned by Australian trumpeter Peter Knight, plus selected other QN works.

Ralph Alessi - Trumpet
Shane Endsley - Trumpet
John Clark - French Horn
Ryan Keberle - Trombone
Joe Exley - Tuba
Dan Weiss - Drums
QN - Sax & Compositions

@SEEDs Brooklyn
617 Venderbilt, Brooklyn, NY

Monday, Jan 9th, 2012
8:30pm 1 set

Quinsin Nachoff’s FLUX:
Some new music for a new electric project. Our debut performance will be:

Dave Binney - Alto Sax
QN - Tenor Sax & Compositions
Matt Mitchell - Fender Rhodes
Kenny Wollesen - Drums
@Cornelia St Cafe
29 Cornelia St, NY, NY

Also to look ahead FLUX will be:

Doing a workshop at Humber College in Toronto Fri Jan 20 4:15pm
Playing at The Rex in Toronto on Jan 21 & 22 9:30pm 2 sets

Playing in Montreal at the Upstairs on Feb 2
And as part of the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s Winter Jazz Fest on Feb 3rd


Watch for a Canada Tour in March with Andy Milne, Dan Weiss and Russ Johnson (more soon).


Also completing the work on my Violin Concerto for Nathalie Bonin and looking ahead to some new commissions and projects in 2012!


August 9, 2011

Hey inter-web-space,

Just a quick note, a lot on the go.

I had a great time in Australia in June with trumpeter Peter Knight, premiering a new commissioned suite for his 5+2 Brass Ensemble, all stellar Australian players, at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. It was a pleasure to be able to bring out NYC pianist Matt Mitchell for a short run of Forward Motion gigs as well. We played at the Valley Jazz Festival in Brisbane where we were then in residence for a week at the Queensland Conservatorium, in Brisbane- also quite a rewarding experience.
(Thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts and the SOCAN Foundation for making this possible.)

I was then off to France for a very nice concert with Bruno Tocanne‘s Collective New Dreams - a combination of collective’s from the south of France. A short video was shot about the concert.

Now back in muggy NYC and working on a commission for clarinetist Peter Stoll with the Cecilia string quartet.


December 5, 2010
New Release: Quinsin Nachoff's FoMo

Russ Johnson - trumpet
Adrean Farrugia - Fender Rhodes
Mark Kelso - drums
QN - compositions & saxophone

Exploring rock, jazz, fusion, indie-rock, alt-pop and more:
“a world that spans jazz and pop inflection to create something at once familiar and ‘wondrous strange’”
–David Olds, WholeNote Magazine

Available through this site, iTunes & CD Baby!


Also - my previous release, Horizons Ensemble featuring John Taylor & Ernst Reijseger, is now available through iTunes & CD Baby (and through this site.)

August 3, 2010
New look for

I am very excited to present the new look for

Innumerable thanks to Yesim Tosunar at Backyard Design for her art concept and graphic design and Joe Lagan for the backend setup and programming.

Some recent & upcoming creative and fun projects:
Had a great time performing a large-scale commission of mine with the Greg Runions bigband featuring trumpet ace Tim Hagans! Concerts in Kingston, ON and Toronto, ON were well received.

Members of the band also arranged three of my newer tunes from my imminent release FoMo:
music with more of a rock slant with Russ Johnson (trumpet), Adrean Farrugia (Fender Rhodes), Mark Kelso (drums) and myself (sax).

Artwork by Mark Ollinger
Watch for this new release early this Fall!

Off to France in October to play with great French drummer Bruno Tocanne‘s larger bass-less group, with a new piece premiered for this occasion too.

Then back to work in NYC on my Violin Concert for virtuoso Montrealer Nathalie Bonin.

Another fun longterm project to watch for:
May 2011 - a commission for Australian trumpeter Peter Knight’s 5+2 Brass Ensemble with the addition of myself on sax and clarinet.

See you out there!