The Wire


Canadian psychedelic trio Syrinx have reformed

The outfit who opened for Miles Davis and Ravi Shankar in the 1970s are the subject of a new documentary to be premiered in advance of their first performance in 45 years

Rooted in Toronto's creative scene, Canadian trio Syrinx are comprised of composer and keyboardist John Mills-Cockell, saxophonist Doug Pringle and percussionist Alan Wells. A cocktail of LSD and Mills-Cockell’s studies at the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music served as the inspirations for the music of their self-titled 1970 LP and its 1971 sequel Long Lost Relatives. They also composed music for television, film and dance, notably the theme tune for Here Come The Seventies, scoring a hit with their single “Tillicum”, which rose to 38 in Canada’s RPM charts. Syrinx slipped into obscurity thereafter.

Last year RVNG Intl reissued their entire back catalogue plus a few previously unreleased tracks as Tumblers From The Vault (reviewed by Emily Bick in The Wire 395). Now the label has released a documentary about the group made by visual artist Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, a Vancouver native and neighbour to Mills-Cockell. You can check out her film below.

Syrinx will perform for the first time in 45 years at Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina, on 20 May.