Posts By: Peggy Feltmate

NEXUS performing in Toronto

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Will you be within driving distance of Toronto this coming weekend? We hope you will join us for two upcoming NEXUS concerts in the heart of downtown. On Saturday evening November 21st, NEXUS performs in the MacMillan Theatre (80 Queen’s Park), presenting the Canadian premiere of  Eric Ewazen’s Eternal Dance of Life

Educational Concerts and Activities Available

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We were asked this week if NEXUS can present outreach programming for children, high school teens and university level students. And of course the answer is a resounding YES. NEXUS can provide a variety of educational and outreach services at colleges and universities, in schools and in your community in general.

Looking into Russell’s West African Workshop

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Russell Hartenberger presents a hands-on West African Drumming Workshop in which participants play drum ensemble music from the Ewe, Akan and Dagomba people of Ghana. Polyrhythms, call and response, talking drums, all fascinate Russell and he enjoys sharing that fascination with workshop participants. Russell has explored these elements in his own composition The Invisible Proverb,… Read more »

Hear NEXUS with Orchestra in Windsor/Detroit

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On the evening of October 3rd, if you are within driving distance of the sister cities of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, you have a great opportunity to hear NEXUS perform with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

Performing Live with MIDI (a lecture/demonstration)

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In his clinic Performing Live with MIDI, Bill Cahn takes a close look at the possibilities for musical expression offered by MIDI and, in the process, simplifies what can appear to be a very complicated subject. The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) was introduced in 1982 and in the past 25 years has revolutionized music…. Read more »

John Wyre, Norland, Niagara and Quidditch

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I’ve been reading “Touched by Sound” by John Wyre,  a founding member of NEXUS until his retirement in 2002 when he moved to St John’s, Newfoundland. I knew John for many years, as I worked with NEXUS in the 1980s and helped produce his tremendous World Drums festivals. And I had the great opportunity of… Read more »

Westward Ho! The Banff Connection

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Bob Becker has recently returned from a week-long percussion residency entitled “Roots and Rhizomes” at the Banff Centre for the Arts in western Canada, where he was a faculty member. It got me thinking about the several NEXUS/Banff connections.

Percussive Festivities

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Tonight in Woodstock, New York, NEXUS’s Garry Kvistad is presenting the Paul Winter Consort at his 18th Annual Woodstock Beat in upper New York state, which benefits the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. NEXUS had the pleasure of performing at Woodstock Beat last summer. Indeed, NEXUS spent most of last summer touring and performing at festivals: Ojai… Read more »

Rep Prep

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There are “big doings” at NEXUS this summer. I see email flying back and forth between the NEXUS guys about new pieces they are writing, new additions to the NEXUS repertoire, and some exciting new commissions that are due to arrive any minute. 

The Premier’s Awards

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Yesterday I attended the performed several times. It was a particular pleasure to see Gary and Lydia receive this well-deserved recognition. The grand award winners from among these 12 finalists were Artscape and Ron Mann. Mann is acclaimed internationally for his documentary films, has created a distribution company for independent films in Canada and is… Read more »

Irises And Rags

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Walking around Toronto this week, I see gardens that are overflowing with an abundance of lush iris blossoms. It puts me in mind of Bob Becker who has raised irises in his garden for years. He has planted a number of Zwilich commission called “Rituals”?) At the end of next month, Bob travels to Delaware… Read more »

Percussion Concerts Online

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I’ve been browsing among CBC’s Russell Hartenberger was the principal guest at the January 2009 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich‘s Trio For Cello, Violin and Piano. (You will recall that Ellen has also written a very fine piece for NEXUS entitled Rituals). You also won’t want to miss the John Wyre, co-founder of NEXUS. You can also… Read more »

Vintage Garry

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After yesterday’s post about NEXUS’s birthday, it seems only fair to me that we post a vintage shot of Garry Kvistad too. Why should he escape unscathed! Here is a 1977 photo from Garry’s Woodstock Chimes website of he and his wife Diane at the Cincinnati Craft Fair the day his first Chimes of Olympos… Read more »

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