Canadian composer set to preform at Lakeshore

by | Nov 18, 2016 | A&E

Chelsea Mendes


Calling all young composers, jazz enthusiasts and music lovers of all kinds to this week’s edition of Lakeshore’s free concert series.

Canadian composer and saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff will be performing at Humber’s Lakeshore campus Friday November 18th. The 4:30 p.m. performance will be held in the Auditorium (room A128).

Quinsin is a New York City-based saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and teacher. He’s taught at both the University of Toronto and at Humber for two years while managing to find time to perform in multiple places throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Nachoff told Et Cetera in November he’s coaching at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and while in Alberta he was working on new pieces that he will be performing at Lakeshore.

He says he grew up listening to classical music and he found added inspiration outside of music from Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

Nachoff said he would be playing authentic pieces from his most recent album, Flux, and audience members at Humber would be able to ask questions after the show.

Liza Martinelli, the head of voice in the music departments says she wants students “to be inspired, to witness the results of a wonderfully crafted program of high octane music and entertainment.”

Martinelli said if students want a career in music they should meet live musicians, a reason she helps organize the concert series. Martinelli said the concert series has been going on for roughly 10 years now.

Nachoff says the industry is very rough but aspiring musicians have to stay persistent.

He says “if someone doesn’t give you a concert or a give, you got to work really hard to get better. Having the strength to keep plugging away at it. Learning more and learning how to do things better.”

“Love what you’re doing because it is so difficult to get yourself out there and express yourself to other people” Nachoff said.

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