Conservatory trained, and yet jazz informed, all members are improvisers and also write 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.”
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, original 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.
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.
Physical and digital distribution for this self-released title is through CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and the album will also be available directly through TORCH. Produced by TORCH, the album was recorded on August 30-31, 2017, at Nickerson Studios, Seattle, WA.
For more about TORCH, please visit torchthemusic.com