Ring Cycle Orchestra

Kate Mossman - flute, saxophones

Martin Van de Ven - clarinet, bass clarinet

Michael Marcuzzi - trumpet, flugelhorn

Jennifer Moore - lead and harmony vocals

Paul Ormandy - steel pan, percussion

Charlie Ringas - percussion, keyboards

Kevin Barrett - electric + acoustic guitar

Rodd McDonald - violin

Viiu Varek - double bass

Kiva Simova - scat/overtoning vocals tr.3

John Austin McLaughlin - electric bass tr.4, 5

Mike Lowcock - piano tr. 7, 9

Produced by Peter Hudson and Charlie Ringas

“Flame Of Days” is the first release by the Toronto musical collective known as Ring Cycle (Orchestra). At the centre of this project is musician and composer Charlie Ringas. AS a long log term player within the Toronto alternative musical community, both rock and jazz, Charlie has brought together a large cross section of musicians to help interpret his landscape of ideas and directions.

This album was approached as a single entity, a single song with many layers and parts; composed over the better part of the past decade and drawing its many influences from the people Charlie has played with and played for. This single album is then broken down into thirds; and the thirds into thirds, giving us nine distinct songs. “Flame Of Days” begins as a whole and unfolds as a necessary adventure, and the listener is rewarded as the journey unfolds.

“Flame Of Days” cannot be tied to any single style of music because they are all valid with the Ring Cyle. It is not a jazz album; it is not a rock album; it is not a classical album; yet those elements and many others are there because each individual musician and engineer brings them in.

Although the pieces were brought in as finished compositions, they were not truly finished until every musician had made a contribution, thereby influencing the direction of of the piece; allowing the songs to finish their journey.

– Peter Hudson

Recorded by Peter Hudson and Iain Worang,

assisted by Robert Wilson and John Drew,

at Hallamusic Studio, February 1996 - September 1997

Mastered by Andy Krehm

at Silverbirch Productions October 1997

Remastered by Garnet Willis

at Noisetree Digital Audio, 2015

© by Charlie Ringas