a Professional Association of Percussionists from all over the World
has inducted NEXUS into its Hall of Fame
NEXUS, the Toronto-based percussion group now in its 29th season of solo and symphony appearances, has been selected by professional and student percussionists from around the world to be honored by being inducted into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame at the 1999 P.A.S. International Convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 29, 1999. NEXUS will join 70 percussionists who have been so honored during the 38-year history of the P.A.S.
The 1999/2000 NEXUS Season will be highlighted by appearances as guest artists with the Chicago and Minnesota Orchestras, as well as solo recitals in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil and at concert venues in the United States and Canada.
Since their first all improvised concert in 1971, NEXUS has been captivating audiences with an eclectic mix of music drawn from all over the Globe. The ensemble performs a repertoire that includes contemporary percussion masterworks, ragtime, world music, group improvisations, and compositions by the members themselves. Their virtuosity and innovative programming have inspired compositions from some of the greatest composers of our time.
New compact discs by NEXUS include: on POINT records (CD #4540126-2), ‘One Last Bar, Then Joe Can Sing’, by English composer, Gavin Bryars; on SONY Classical records (CD #SK 63044) , Requiem/Music of Toru Takemitsu, featuring ‘From me flows what you call Time’, performed by NEXUS and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carl St. Clair; and on the ‘BIS’ label, Garden of Sounds (due for release in 2000) featuring virtuoso clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman.
In 1989 NEXUS received the Toronto Arts Award. The group was also the 1997 recipient of the Banff Centre for the Arts National Award, which cited NEXUS for its ‘…constant and joyful commitment to the development of the next generation of musicians and audiences’ and ‘…as superb musicians, with a following around the world.’