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Hideki Ikegami – Solo Recital

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Monday evening (December 13, 2010) I attended a solo recital titled, “Touch-ing” at the Showa Academy Recital Hall.  It was a performance by Hideki Ikegami, a terrific marimbist and percussionist with piano accompaniment by Kanna Shibata.  Hideki is about 30-years-old and was a student of Atsushi Sugahara, who was also in the audience. (Sugahara studied… Read more »

A History of Western Percussion in Japan

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As I write this, I’m listening to “The Messiah” being discussed on Japanese television while it’s performed by a Japanese chorus, Japanese vocal soloists, and Japanese musicians playing on period instruments, including timpani (with wooden mallets) that are very much like the hand-tuned drums I saw earlier today (more about the hand-tuned timps in a… Read more »

Kawasaki (again) – End of Week #1

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It’s Saturday and the first week of my residency at Showa is coming to an end. On this visit I have definitely noticed a higher level of performance, both in the private lessons and in the ensemble rehearsals and concerts.  There have been 19 private lessons, most with a focus on solo multi-perc pieces, but… Read more »

Kawasaki (again)

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  I’m in Japan again for the third time in 2010 for my 2-week teaching residency at the Showa Academy of Music.  I finally arrived at my hotel room in Kawasaki at 5:30 AM Rochester time – exactly 25-1/2-hours after waking up at home. The flights from Rochester and JFK were smooth and uneventful.  This… Read more »

Bob Becker – An Interview (1996)

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The following interview with Bob Becker took place on July 30, 1996. This is the first time it has been published. Bill Cahn: Do you see any “sea changes” happening now and if so what would you say they are and what are their characteristics?

Russell Hartenberger – An Interview (1996)

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The following interview with Russell Hartenberger took place in two sessions: first in Toronto in August, 1996 and the second in Ottawa on January 10, 1998.  This is the first time it has been published. Bill Cahn:  Let’s begin by addressing the issue of art being in service to something – in other words, art… Read more »

Another Premiere for NEXUS – November 20, 2010

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For the fifth time since May 2010, I made the 5-hour drive from my house to Garry Kvistad’s home to perform in the Woodstock, NY area – this time with NEXUS in the Quimby Theater at the State University of New York in Ulster County.  The concert by NEXUS on November 20 was be the… Read more »

18th Century Roots

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This blog posting starts in the 20th century – 1959 to be exact.  That was the year I entered the 8th grade and had my first drum lesson with a real drum teacher.  His name was Joseph Huttlin, and he came from a family lineage of rudimental drummers.  He visited  my school for one afternoon… Read more »

Images from Hyogo

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September 10, 2010 – Hyogo Performing Arts Center (all photos by Yasuhiro Ishino)                  

“Rosewood Dreaming” – Oct. 24, 2010

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  Genesee Symphony Orchestra conductor Raffaele Ponti (on the right) poses with two orchestra guests at the GSO’s season-opening October 24 concert. At left is composer Bill Cahn, whose piece, “Rosewood Dreaming,” was performed on the concert. Melzie Case (center) was the featured soloist, performing Cahn’s piece on marimba. She was the winner of the… Read more »

Residency in Carolina – Oct. 10 to 14, 2010

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I’m home again after a 12-hour straight-shot drive from Pembroke, North Carolina that included about  20-minutes of dead-stop traffic on the Washington, D.C. Beltway during the 5:00 rush hour. I was at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as a guest artist in residence at the invitation of Dr. Tracy Wiggins, the UNCP coordinator… Read more »

10/10/10 at 10:10 AM

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It’s 10/10/10 and I’m in Petersburg, Virginia.  Today I’ll be driving to Pembroke, North Carolina for several days of workshops and performances at the University of North Carolina. Yesterday, I walked through the old town historic area of Petersburg, and though it was a beautiful sunny and mild Saturday, there were literally no people to be… Read more »

Workshops at Longwood University in Virginia

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On Thursday, October 7, after a 2-hour morning drive from Lexington, VA, I arrived at Longwood University in Farmville, VA and met with Chris Thomas, the percussion specialist on the faculty, who organized my visit  in coordination with Lauren Weiss’s Percussion Events Registry Company with the support of Vic Firth, Inc. The agenda for my… Read more »

NEXUS Returns to Japan / 2010 – Day 9 (Final Concert)

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The morning routine on Sunday September 12 was different.  Bonnie and Diane left early to spend a day revisiting Kyoto.  I slept until 8:00 AM and instead of going to Starbucks, I walked to a nearby AM/PM convenience store to bring some small snaks and iced coffee back to my hotel room, where I wrote… Read more »

NEXUS Returns to Japan / 2010 – Day 8 (2nd Concert)

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Saturday September 11 started with the (by now) normal routine – emails, blogging, Starbucks, “round up” (gathering everything to take to the hall for the concert).  At 11:30 AM Kaz (Meguro from Showa) called my room from the hotel lobby.  He and his wife, Yashio, had flown down from Yokohama to meet me and NEXUS… Read more »

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