Please join us at the Ottawa ChamberFest on August 3rd when we perform an extraordinary program with Sepideh Raissadat. NEXUS and Sepideh have had many travels this summer, all over the globe, but we are reconvening in Ottawa’s Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper Street) for our 7 pm concert, and a 5:45 pm “Siskind Snapshot” (FREE), an opportunity to get up close and personal as NEXUS and Sepideh tell you about their unusual collaboration, and other aspects of their diverse careers. (Click here for Concert tickets)
At the concert, the renowned Iranian vocalist and setar player will perform Russsell Hartenberger’s suite of striking Persian Songs by Reza Ghassemi, a deeply moving performance that has been met by standing ovations wherever it has been performed. After the concert, pick up a copy of our new Persian Songs CD at the merchandise stand!!
Also on the program: the Canadian premiere of Peter Schickele’s Percussion Sonata No. 3 (“Maverick”), written especially for NEXUS. (Yes, THAT Peter Schickele). Peter writes that the third movement of the piece is entitled Vaudeville and “contains a bunch of theater music, some of it reminiscent of the xylophone pieces played in vaudeville acts (the quartet’s Bob Becker showcases those pieces in a masterly way), some of it reminiscent of old-time rock’n’roll, and some of it reminiscent to me of the music that Nino Rota wrote for Fellini’s films.”
And there is more: Russell’s eccentric Moondog Suite! If you are not familiar with Moondog (his photo is below), this is a must-hear with song titles like “Snakebite Rattle” and “Wind River Powwow”. You can read more here.