Posts By: Peggy Feltmate

Happy 38th, NEXUS!

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Today is NEXUS’ 38th Birthday! On May 22, 1971, the first NEXUS concert took place in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. The concert was organized by Warren Benson, and it was entirely improvised. The founding members were John Wyre, Michael Craden, Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Robin Engelman, and Russell Hartenberger. Today’s members… Read more »

From The Archives #2: Cracking the Majors

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Here is another peek into the NEXUS archives, this time an article by Allan Kozinn in the New York Times of May 3, 1998. The article was headlined “Touring Percussionists Who Aren’t Really Offbeat”, and here are some highlights from Mr Kozinn’s piece: “ONE might have thought that five percussionists who wanted to band together… Read more »

Business of Music clinic

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Bill Cahn’s clinic, “Introduction to the Business of Music” will be of interest to anyone who wants to pursue a career in music. It is conducted as an interactive discussion, so the clinic can go in various directions, depending on the interests of the participants and the time constraints of the clinic (one to two… Read more »

Blog Bits: One singer’s view of NEXUS

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It’s always fun to have a look online to see who is blogging about NEXUS. Melissa Hughes, a vocalist with the group SIGNAL, worked with NEXUS at Ojai Festival’s Steve Reich concerts in California last summer. “Melly’s Blog” talks about meeting NEXUS. Here are a couple of short excerpts:

Crashes, Splashes, Strokes and Rolls

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Bob Becker presents a great lecture-demo called The Magic and Mystery of Cymbals.  In it he explores history, terminology, special effects and techniques, choices of instrument, and even performance issues such as “misleading notation.” Bob has written a useful article (read it here)

Busy Concert Weekend

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What a great weekend of NEXUS concerts! I attended the one in downtown Toronto. You couldn’t find a happier introduction to a NEXUS concert than the new work by Gordon Stout, Prelude-Winter Song, which immediately showed NEXUS to be in exceptionally fine form.

More Help For Our Presenters

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From time to time I will be reminding our presenters that NEXUS has marketing materials available for your use, and that some financial aid is available to you from our sponsor Pearl/Adams if you wish to present a NEXUS educational event such as a clinic, workshop, or master-class.

The Ontario Arts Council helps us out

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I want to remind our Ontario presenters that the Ontario Arts Council is there as a huge help to NEXUS and YOU. The OAC’s Touring Office has helped NEXUS and our Ontario presenters with expenses many times over the years. With the Council’s touring aid NEXUS has been able to visit all parts of the… Read more »

Two Chances to Hear NEXUS Close to Home.

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NEXUS is performing on the evenings of Friday April 3rd in Orangeville Ontario (ticket information here) and  Sunday April 5th in downtown Toronto (tickets available here). Choose one, or go to both!  Each venue gives plenty of scope for making a day of it. The attractive town of Orangeville offers a spring drive in the… Read more »

NEXUS Goes Global

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Spring is sprung, and the pale green sprouts in my garden tell me it is time for fresh starts. One spring task I always enjoy is the updating of the NEXUS Concert Summary. It is a little booklet that outlines where NEXUS has been over its 38 year history. Let me share some of these… Read more »

Garry Chimes In

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NEXUS member Garry Kvistad is into chimes. He is the founder and CEO of From me flows what you call Time by Toru Takemitsu. How did this come to be? Allow me to share with you the oft-repeated “landfill lawnchair tale”. In the early 1970s Garry was teaching at Northern Illinois University and while there… Read more »

Bandmasters in the US and Canada

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This week, the American Bandmasters Association has been enjoying its annual convention in College Station, Texas. About a year and a half ago, NEXUS found itself in Tulsa as the featured guest at the Oklahoma Bandmasters convention. NEXUS performed and presented workshops. There are Bandmasters Associations across North America in both the United States and… Read more »

NEXUS prepares Premiere of new Stout piece

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What could bring Zappa, Rubinstein, and a NEXUS premiere together in one blog post? Gordon Stout! Percussionists certainly know Gordon Stout, but some of our presenters may not. Gordon Stout is a percussionist, composer, and educator specializing in the marimba.

Percussion Bonanza at Oddmusic

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NEXUS has always been interested in creating their own instruments and using “found” instruments. At NEXUS concerts perhaps the most noticeable are Garry Kvistad’s sound sculptures. Today I stumbled on Oddmusic.com.  Along with the Sea Organ built in Croatia in 2005, and the Symphonic House that is one large musical instrument,  I made some fabulous… Read more »

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