Garry Kvistad: Blog

My Main Muses

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Everyone has a muse (or muses) who have helped them find their own path. For me, that list includes teachers, coaches, leaders, artists, musicians, crafts people, friends and family.   The American composer Harry Partch probably had the biggest influence on my musical thinking and yet there are many obstacles blocking his general acceptance. The… Read more »

Woodstock Chimes for Autism™ and Tyler’s Amazing Story

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I am very excited about launching our new Woodstock Chimes for Autism Charitable Chime™ program, especially as World Autism Day approaches on Wednesday, April 2nd. A while back we were contacted by a family from Toronto whose eight year old son, Tyler, is high functioning autistic and has a passion for windchimes. We were thrilled… Read more »

Goodbye Columbus

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I recently spent several days working with high school and university students during the “High School Percussion Ensemble Festival” at Ohio State University in Columbus. Ohio State has always had a dynamic and impressive percussion department but professors Susan Powell and Joe Krygier have grown this department to an amazing level in the 14 years… Read more »

A Well-Balanced Concert Event

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On March 1st, Diane and I attended an amazing event at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. It was a celebration of the installation of an exhibit of a massive 12 ton, two piece sculpture by the contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing. The work completed in 2010 after two… Read more »

Work, Vacations and Downtime

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Work hard, play hard is an old saying that I firmly believe in. The balance between work and recreation is important and the lines are often blurred. Ideally, one can do both at all times. In other words, enjoying your work and learning from your recreation is a worthwhile goal. I find myself becoming bored… Read more »

Music and Business Make Good Bed Fellows

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I recently had the honor of being a keynote speaker for the Ulster County Leadership Development Institute (ULDI) sponsored by the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce here in the Hudson Valley of New York State. The 25 or so participants were top employees sent by local businesses to help develop their leadership skills. Since I… Read more »

Holiday Time, Family Time…and Music!

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With the holidays all around us, I think of family, food and music more than ever. I just returned from a trip to San Francisco where my brother Rick (he’s the principal percussionist with the SF Opera) and I performed at the Acoustical Society of America’s annual conference. This trip included family, lots of food… Read more »

Business is Like Riding a Bicycle

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As I road my bike to work today, I thought about the similarities of the ride and that of doing business.  We live on a hill and Woodstock Chimes is on another hill here in the Catskills of Upstate New York.  In between is the magnificent Ashokan Reservoir which has supplied clean water to New… Read more »

Drum Boogie Festival® 2013 Comes to Woodstock, NY!

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Drum Boogie Festival® 2013 Comes to Woodstock, NY! A Free World-Class Music Festival with Dance & Voice WOODSTOCK, New York – (July 19, 2013) – The Drum Boogie Festival www.drumboogiefestival.com  is a free, one-day music festival which is family-oriented and multi-cultural, celebrating the diverse styles of music, dance and voice from around the world. It… Read more »

The Birth of Woodstock Chimes

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I’ve always been interested in the creation of new things. My contribution however has mostly been in the improvement of existing things. I did not invent the windchime but I certainly made some meaningful improvements. Similar items have been around for literally thousands of years. We all know ancient civilizations have used windbells of various… Read more »

Measure Twice, Cut Once

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Or, in this case, learn to read music if you’re going to tattoo musical notation to someone’s arm – permanently! Recently, I had the unique experience of meeting a young guy working on a construction crew who had a giant tattoo wrapping around  his arm from his wrist to his elbow.  He was in his… Read more »

Southern Illinois University Percussion Institute 2011

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Click HERE for a PDF file with details! I am happy to announce the Southern Illinois University Percussion Institute to be held in Edwardsville from June 13 – 16.  I will be joining Daniel R. Smithiger (SIUE Faculty, Percussion), Miles Vandiver (SIUE Jazz Faculty, Drumset), Jason Long (Coordinator of Percussion, Webb City High School) and… Read more »

My 15 Minutes of (Mexican) Fame

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I recently visited the famous eco-park lagoon at Xel-Ha on the Mayan Riviera between Playa del Carmen and Tulum in Mexico.  This is an amazing sanctuary of sea and land creatures and a fun place to spend a day.  For a reasonable entrance fee, you can swim with giant tropical fish and enjoy unlimited amounts… Read more »

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