July 2, 2016
Coming September 16, 2016: Flux feat. David Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen, QN

Official release September 16, 2016 - available through Bandcamp, CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, etc.

• Pre-order available through Bandcamp •


David Binney - alto saxophone
QN - tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell - keyboards
Kenny Wollesen - drums

Watch for upcoming Canadian/US Tour in November 2016!

Thanks to David Cristol, the first review is out in the July issue of Jazz Magazine - France:
Flux - Jazz Magazine France - David Cristol

March 12, 2016
QN Trio (feat. Eivind Opsvik and Dan Weiss) - April 21, 2016


Q Cornelia St Promo Photo

Quinsin Nachoff Trio (feat. Eivind Opsvik and Dan Weiss)

April 21st, 2016 at Cornelia Street Café, NYC

1 Set 8pm (Jeremy Powell Quintet at 9:30pm)

“[Nachoff’s writing is] bold, diverse and filled with compelling counterpoint” and “a fascinating mind…exquisite forlorn tenor [saxophone]” –DownBeat Magazine

Nachoff has been leading a variety of diverse ensembles from brass quintets to string quartets to a violin concerto. For this outing he pars his concepts down to the saxophone trio with collaborators bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Dan Weiss, debuting a set of new music in preparation for recording.

Eivind Opsvik brings “an aesthetic of haunting introspection, and the desire to seek out beauty in austerity.” –NY Times

Dan Weiss was featured in the New York Times as “one of the 5 Most Promising Drummers of the New Generation” and was “The Top Up and Coming Percussionist” in the 60th and 61st annual Downbeat Critic’s Poll.




January 13, 2016
Flux Teaser

Flux coming 2016 on Mythology Records

David Binney - alto sax
Matt Mitchell - keyboards
Kenny Wollesen - drums and percussion
Quinsin Nachoff - tenor sax & compositions

Systems Two Recording Studios - recording
David Travers-Smith - editing/mixing/mastering
Michael Wrycraft - artwork/design
Diana Piruzevska - videography

All compositions Musictronic (SOCAN)


September 26, 2015
QN's Pyramid Project at Cornelia Street Café - October 3rd, 2015

Music for Brass Quintet, Drums and Saxophone

Saturday, October 3rd


Ralph Alessi - Trumpet Jonathan Finlayson - Trumpet John Clark - French Horn Ryan Keberle - Trombone Marcus Rojas - Tuba Mark Ferber - Drums QN - Saxophone & Compositions


Facebook event: here

Sets at 9pm and 10:30pm

QN's Pyramid Project at Cornelia Street Café

Poster design by: Alix Dunham

August 30, 2010
Review of Michael Bates' Live in New York

“Nachoff’s energy and sensitivity to dramatic change shines brightly; his adept work on the clarinet is also exemplary”

See full article here.

August 3, 2010
Canada Council Sound Recording Program axed

The Canada Council’s Specialized Sound Recording program, that has supported some of my work over the years, was unexpectedly axed this summer. Having sat on one of these juries I can attest to the high quality of creative projects that were produced through this program.

Petition in response to axing of the Canada Council’s Specialized Sound recording program:
Sign the petition

January 1, 2010
Quinsin Nachoff...one of the revelations of the year

-Jazzman (France) Dec 2008




Kenny Werner, Howard Johnson ou Kenny Wheeler ont fait appel à lui. Mais entendre Quinsin Nachoff au sein du quartet de Michael Bates (album “Clockwise”) fut l’une des révélations de l’année: une clarinette dans la plénitude du timbre, un ténor à la souplesse fiévreuse et d’une répartie cinglante.Avec un sens aigu de l’interaction collective.

Mais l’instrumentiste cache aussi un compositeur à l’univers ambitieux.  Quinsin Nachoff débute le saxophone à l’école, prend des cours avec Alex Dean qui l’encourage à étudier le piano et l’écriture. Formation poursuivie notamment avec Joe Lovano. Premier album sous son nom en quartet en 2000. Mais il a surtout grandi baigné dans la musique classique et contemporaine grâce à ses parents compositeurs: Debussy,  Stravinsky, Schoenberg ou Bartok, Stockhausen, Messiaen… dans les oreilles.

“Cela a eu une forte influence sur l’idée de la forme. J’aime penser chaque pièce comme un paysage qui permet à  l’improvisateur de voyager. Tout dépend du contexte, mais il s’agit toujours d’équilibrer la part de liberté dans la structure.”

Leader Naturellement, Quinsin Nachoff est très vite porté vers ce regard tangentiel, avec des groupes comme Magic Numbers dans lequel un trio (avec Mark Helias et Jim Black) est associé à un quatuor à cordes ou comme Horizons Ensemble avec John Taylor, Ernst Reijseger et deux violonistes. Avec un processus de composition où il aime “prendre des idées apparemment disparates et les tisser dans un ensemble cohérent”.  Ce qui ne l’empêche pas pour autant de partir vers des formules à la dynamique plus traditionnelle, au sein du Rhodes Trio ou, actuellement,  en codirigeant avec Bruno Tocanne – rencontré au festival off de Montréal – le quintet “5 New Dreams” dont il loue “l’énergie et la liberté d’esprit”.


December 1, 2009
Nachoff-Tocanne CD Release

Excited to be heading back to Europe for a CD release with:
5 New Dreams (Cristal Records France)
Nachoff-Tocanne - CD Release! + special guest Russ Johnson

For details check out:

A couple of recent reviews:
Montreal Gazette
Quinsin Nachoff, Bruno Tocanne
5 New Dreams
Cristal Records/Abeille Musique
This exciting quintet brings together the creative force of Canadian reedman Quinsin Nachoff and a French group built around the equally creative drummer Bruno Tocanne and three horn players. Listening to these 10 originals, you are reminded that when strongly motivated musicians take jazz to where it meets contemporary music, with the accent on improv, you can get uplift. It surely beats nostalgia. In ballads, up-tempo pieces and tone poems, the tunes are bright and attractive, developed with attention to the overall effect. Kudos to trumpeters Frédéric Roudet and Rémi Gaudillat and reedman Lionel Martin for this terrific outing - perfect for a Canada-France appearance at next summer’s jazz festival.

Four and a half out of five stars
Irwin Block


August 30, 2009


It’s been quite some time-
plenty of news.

1) HORIZONS ENSEMBLE featuring John Taylor & Ernst Reijseger
Advance copies of my (newish) CD, HORIZONS ENSEMBLE, with John Taylor, Ernst Reijseger, Nathalie Bonin & Parmela Attariwala are now available exclusively through my website (via Paypal):

2) the MOVE
Am relocating to New York City for the upcoming year.
Wow - nothing in life prepares you for apartment hunting in NYC ;)
But did find a great pad in Brooklyn. I’ll be back and forth for the first while, keeping my cel# in Toronto, but drop me a line if you’re in NYC!

3) w/ Michael Bates’ Outside Sources Upcoming tour with Michael Bates’ Outside Sources. Imminent release of the new record, to be released on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf record label.
www.outsidesources.org for tour details and updates on that new record.

4) 5 New Dreams w/ Bruno Tocanne
Wrote four compositions for a really fun project of four horns & drums -
upcoming release with French drummer Bruno Tocanne -
Some sound samples:

5) Site Updates
Thanks to Joe Lagan for some long overdue enhancements to www.quinsin.com -
A Calendar, easier access to the Store, better streaming and a News section!

See you out there!