two + two

two + two
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    Awakening Fire (Jason Stanford)

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    Tak-Nara (Nebojsa Zivkovic)

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    In the Fire of Conflict: Rescue Me (Christos Hatzis)

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    In the Fire of Conflict: I Call Your Name (Christos Hatzis)

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    Third Construction (John Cage)

TorQ's second release features new music by Jason Stanford (Canada), Nebojsa Zivkovic (Germany), Christos Hatzis (Canada) and John Cage's venerable "Third Construction". Recorded Spring 2011 in Studio 44 in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation building, Toronto. Engineered by Mark Wright. Mixed by Ray Dillard. Mastered by George Graves (Lacquer Channel Mastering). Produced by TorQ and Ray Dillard.

Buy the album here or on iTunes.  You can download detailed composition notes and composer biographies here.

“two + two” is an important recording.  The performances project a unanimity of purpose and spirit while demonstrating an artistry that puts TorQ squarely on par with the best percussion ensembles in the world.  [...] Sonically, I believe this to be a landmark recording.  [...]  The entire effort is a tour de force.  TorQ and (producer) Ray Dillard have serendipitously teamed up to create a “must have” percussion ensemble recording.”

    - Robin Engelman, founding member of NEXUS percussion ensemble

"[TorQ’s] sophomore recording effort "two + two" is a remarkable collection of engaging pieces, fine performances and above all, balance.  [...]  Top to bottom the performances are impeccable, both in virtuosity and sensitivity.   Some percussive collections have a tendency to be overly intellectual, but this is definitely a CD that works both when you listen to it with your eyes closed and when you listen on a drive.  [...] Bringing energy and drive to  [Cage’s Third Construction], the instrument choice and execution make this something special.   All in all a wonderful effort from TorQ, and I’m very eager to see what lies ahead for them."

     - Evan Mitchell (music director of the Kingston Symphony, former assistant conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestras), Music Times