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Torch

by Torch

A voyage of thirteen selections spanning forty minutes represents a wide representation of the diverse styles and influences of this ensemble from 20th century classical to contemporary jazz, European post-rock, and Argentine tango.
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1. Tangent 7
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2. Air
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3. The Surface of an Emerald
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4. Sports et divertissements: 21. Le tennis (Arr. for Clarinet, Trumpet, Vibraphone, & Bass)
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5. Yachtie
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6. Fire
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7. Siete canciones populares Españolas: V. Nana (Arr. for Clarinet, Trumpet, Vibraphone, & Bass)
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8. Valse d'Alchemie
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9. Andantinish
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10. Larghetto-Land
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11. Lento Bash
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12. Picardy
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13. Rabbit
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
TORCH comprises Brian Chin, trumpet; Eric Likkel , clarinets; Ben Thomas : vibes, bandoneón, and percussion; and Steve Schermer, bass. Conservatory trained, and yet jazz informed, all members are improvisers and compose for the group. The group’s name is inspired by the Thomas Mann quote, “ Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths. ”

TORCH’s self-titled first full-length album features the varied and vibrant sounds of their composer collective. As an advocate for collaboration, TORCH works with visual artists, dancers, and creatives of all types to inspire socially conscious art. A voyage of thirteen selections spanning forty minutes represents a wide representation of the diverse styles and influences of this ensemble from 20th century classical to contemporary jazz, European post-rock, and Argentine tango. Brian Chin adds: “with enough repertoire for five records, we decided to create an album that could speak to some of the best of what we do while holding together as a stand alone recording.” From the modern tango inspired opening track Tangent 7, to the Bartok inspired Air and Satie/Stravinsky adaptations, TORCH has landed solidly as a contemporary chamber ensemble worthy of note.

The album was engineered by Floyd Reitsma (Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam) on August 30-31, 2017, at Nickerson Studios, Seattle, WA. It was self-produced by TORCH, and mastered by Ed Brooks.

TORCH is a Seattle-based contemporary chamber ensemble whose original compositions play to heady intellects and groove-craving souls. As an advocate for collaboration, TORCH works with visual artists, dancers, and creatives of all types to inspire socially conscious art. TORCH is a program of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit arts organization to inspire positive change for our diverse world through arts education and music.

In 2012, the members of TORCH asked themselves, “What would it sound like if we created music that could exist as both intellectually rich and crafted with precision while maintaining a palpable groove without using a drummer?” The TORCH quartet was born, answering the question with series of self-composed programs of music. Based in contemporary classical composition, modern tango, and jazz improvisation, TORCH bridges gaps between genres, re-imagines works from master composers of the 20th century, and demonstrates an indie-band model of self-composition as a contemporary chamber music ensemble.

BRIAN CHIN , trumpet
Brian is a trumpet player and founder of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring positive change for our diverse world through arts education and music. As an international Yamaha trumpet soloist and advocate for new music, he has commissioned and premiered many works for trumpet. Brian was principal trumpet with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for 15 years and regular extra with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Brian is the Chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific University.

ERIC LIKKEL , clarinet
Eric is a clarinetist and woodwind specialist with backgrounds in classical symphonic music and contemporary improvisation. His skills sets range from tango to classical music to polka and traditional jazz. Eric is an ordained reverend in the Christian Reformed Church and works actively to address social justice issues in the Seattle community.

STEVE SCHERMER , double bass
Steve is the Assistant Principal bassist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and teaches at the University of Puget Sound. With a degree from the New England Conservatory, he is a classically trained bass player and has held positions with the Oregon Symphony and the Spokane Symphony and is active in the recording industry. Steve is an in-demand landscaper and advocate for native species of the Pacific Northwest.

BEN THOMAS , vibes, bandoneón, and percussion
Ben is a vibraphone and percussion specialist, equally proficient in classical, improvisatory, and groove-based settings. In recent years, he has embraced Argentine tango and the bandoneón and works regularly throughout the United States with the Austin Piazzolla Quintet and Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto. Well-respected as an educator, Ben is the head of the Music Department at Highline College.

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