As mentioned in several previous blog postings, I frequently receive emailed questions on various percussion-related subjects. Question: After seeing the tubophone photo in your blog posting titled, “Instruments You Can’t Buy (Part 1 – Orchestra Repertoire)“ I’m considering the possibility of constructing one. Can you offer any suggestions? Response: For the tubophone described in the blog,… Read more »
You have caught us in the midst of an amazing ten days. It began on June 18 when Bill Cahn, fresh back from a kayaking vacation, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.
NEXUS enters its 45th year, next week! And what a way to usher in this milestone!
Every now and then I have the pleasure of working with young students and it happened recently when I was invited to give workshops and a concert at the Wilbraham Monson Academy in central Massachusetts. The students there were wonderfully receptive to the concepts and ideas that I presented relating to instrument building, tuning, business… Read more »
Join us for an exciting FREE concert of new works at Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 PM on Friday May 1st at the Eastman School of Music. Newly commissioned works by Grammy-winner Libby Larsen, the exceptional Michael Burritt and our very own Bill Cahn will be featured, performed by NEXUS with Michael Burritt and mezzo-soprano Katherine Ciesinski.
Join us this Sunday April 19th at 3pm for an amazing collaboration, an extraordinary musical event: NEXUS in concert with Paul Winter and Prana! (Click here for Ticket info).
April is National Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. I am very proud of the initiative that we took a year ago in developing the Woodstock Chimes for Autism, which was inspired by 8-year-old Tyler Doi, who has high-functioning autism and an extraordinary musical acuity that enables him to identify… Read more »
For those of us who were unable to view the Voice of American broadcast of NEXUS with Sepideh Raissadat, here is the link to the online and downloadable version! Thank you Sepideh!
Happy Nowruz! Today is the Persian New Year and at 3:30-4:30 pm (GMT) Sepideh Raissadat’s performance with Nexus and Sarv Ensemble will be broadcast at Voice Of America as a Nowruz celebration. (11:30 a.m. local Toronto time.) We can listen via computer link at http://ir.voanews.com/?mobile=no
We have set the clocks ahead, so it is officially Spring, and NEXUS has a busy season ahead with a number of exciting projects. This month began with a recording session with Sepideh Raissadat for VOA Persia. The video program is to be broadcast over Voice of America throughout Iran. Follow us on Facebook for… Read more »
Robin has posted Part 7 to 10 of his NEXUS World Tour Diary from 1984 on his blog. Shanghai, buying instruments and silk, and Kwang Chao.Here are the links: Part 7 Click here Part 8 Click here Part 9 Click here Part 10 Click here
Check out this wonderful article in the February issue of Rhythm! Scene written by Lauren Vogel Weiss on the Philadelphia celebration of percussion for Alan Abel’s 85th Birthday! Great photos too. Read all about it by clicking here: Abel_85_Bday_Concert-RS
Drum circles in the broadest sense have been around since the first caveman started beating on a log. There is something about drumming that is both primal and cathartic. Unlike most other instruments, it is possible for anyone – including non-musicians – to play rhythms on a drum (or any percussion instrument) immediately and join… Read more »
NEXUS is in residence at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC today and tomorrow and will be participating in North Carolina’s Days of Percussion on Saturday and Sunday.