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Quinn is a Toronto-based composer, performer, arts administrator, and educator. His works evoke undulating dreamscapes of sound and movement, guiding audiences through the interconnected wildernesses of music, dance, theatre, and ritual.
Quinn composes for ensembles and organizations of all sizes and varieties, and has recently worked with the Esprit Orchestra (contemporary orchestra, Toronto), Angela Blumberg Dance Productions (dance company, Toronto), 90th Parallel Productions (film studio, Toronto), NOW Ensemble (contemporary chamber ensemble, New York City), Thinkin’ Big (big band, Boston), and the Jong Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (wind ensemble, Amsterdam). His works have been performed in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Boston, Chicago, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Helsinki, Saas-Fee, and other cities in North America and Europe.
In addition to individual commissions, Quinn has been a key member of arts organizations in Toronto. He is the founder and artistic director of Din of Shadows, an experimental music theatre company that commissions and produces interdisciplinary works by Canadian creators. As well, in 2016 and 2017 he served as the composer-in-residence for The Secret Shakespeare Series, a theatre company for which he scored five plays.
Quinn has also been active throughout his career as a guitarist and bassist, performing in jazz, soul, rock, and pop groups in Toronto, Boston, and The Netherlands. He currently performs with soul singer Nick Price, alternative rock band Drago Dit Dragon, and wedding/ corporate group Supersonic Hearts Band. When not making art, Quinn works as a teacher’s assistant (music theory and ear training) at the University of Toronto, and teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, and music theory at small music academies around the city. He is also developing an educational music theory card game to address the difficulties that young musicians have comprehending the vast and abstract world of music theory.
Quinn has a BMus in Performance and Jazz Composition from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, an MMus in Composition from The Netherlands’ Utrecht Conservatory, and is currently pursing a DMA in Composition at the University of Toronto. He is represented by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), and has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and SOCAN Foundation.
Quinn looks forward to the sounds that have yet to be made, and the stories that have yet to be told!