QMRplus, a musical collective, draws from styles such as rock, punk, metal, funk, jazz, free, classical, electronica, pop, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban, emphasizing new and innovative sounds. QMRplus constantly explores soundscapes that are emotionally invoking and intellectually stimulating, obtained through their conscious (and unconscious) selves. The mission of QMRplus is to create an environment for its members in which they are encouraged to freely create and experiment musically as well as provide an outlet for the execution and performance of original compositions. The music consists of compositions brought forth by all of its members in a wide range of styles as well as various levels of improvised music and spontaneous composition.
Originally, QMRplus resided in New Orleans, but in a post-Katrina world, they were all over. Soon after Quin and Matthew G. moved to Chicago, while Robin moved back to New Orleans and Matthew Mc. moved to Indiana.
Drummer and percussionist Quin Kirchner brings to the group an intense energy and musicianship unique among drummers. "My goal has always been to be able to cover as much ground as possible with my instruments while maintaining a unique sound," says Kirchner. "Whatever it is I'm playing, I want to sound like me." Kirchner also exercises his compositional abilities in QMRplus, writing several pieces for the group.
Bassist Matthew Golombisky provides an eternal creative force upon which QMR PLUS consistently thrives. His multi-dimensional sound allows for careful melodicism one moment and chaotic wash the next, while his knowledge of 20th century classical music, jazz, electronica, and Scandinavian metal is a unique asset to the group. In addition to being a great improviser, Golombisky is a prolific composer, writing in many differing styles. Golombisky's openness and willingness to explore help create a special musical connection with Kirchner, with whom he plays as often and in as many different situations as possible. Together they were/are a unique and in-demand rhythm section in New Orleans and Chicago.
Saxophonist Robin Boudreaux, a proponent of Quantum experiences, brings to QMRplus a blend of three saxophones with an eclectic mix of lyric/tonal & free playing (often changing perspectives in the course of a phrase). Robin's observations: "I try to practice very specific things on my instrument, very 'mental' things. Then at the gig I focus on disassociating with the mental and instead just try responding to the energies of the moment. This group allows me that freedom in a context of intense, mutual sensitivity, what else could I ask for?"
Vibraphonist Matthew McClimon assaults and soothes the ears with his amazing choice of harmonic beauty. Though calm through vocal conversation, his musical person takes nothing for granted and lets loose amazingly haunting and gorgeous melodies. McClimon's playing style is one of both a gentle listener and a ferocious improviser and his instrument adds a warm and smooth texture to the sound of QMRplus.
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