Happy New Year to you all! The last few months of 2019 treated us very well – and featured spectacular collaborations, too. In Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall – where this whole “NEXUS thing” began in 1971 – we were part of this year’s Rochester Fringe Festival.
From Trampolines to Timpani
Q: What’s the difference between trampolines and timpani?A: You don’t have to take your shoes off when you jump on timpani. Trampolines and timpani have a few things in common. They both have membranes, are fun to play on, and you can impress people of the opposite sex if you are good at either one…. Read more »
Entering the Fifth Decade
John Keiser presenting the award to Garry Woodstock Chimes was recently honored for its 40 years of success in the gift industry by the leading sales organization OneCoast. During their annual sales meeting in Atlanta, John Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, presented a beautiful glass sculpture / trophy to us. For our acceptance speech, we showed… Read more »
The Other Woodstock Festival!
The Woodstock Chimes Fund produces the Drum Boogie Festival every other year. On September 7th of this year (the 10th anniversary of the Boogie), we held the daylong festival here in Woodstock and it was absolutely amazing. The weather was perfect and the music outrageous (Paul Winter, Jack DeJohnette, NEXUS and many more). We had… Read more »
Confession of a Percussionist
NEXUS Playing Cage’s Dance Music for Elfrid Credit: Donald Dietz, courtesy of The John Cage Trust Long ago I knew that music would be my future. I knew then that percussion specifically would be my passion. This all started in the fourth grade when I joined the school band. Through the years I’ve come to… Read more »
Biking from Coast to Coast
A friend of ours, Anne, began a 3,000 mile bike tour from the East Coast to the West Coast on May 1st. There was a send-off gathering at a local pub where I gave her a Hohner Blues Band Harmonica for the trip. Luckily it didn’t add too much weight to her gear and she… Read more »
Recordings! Seminars! Premieres! & a Hall of Fame!
It’s Spring – and a LOT is happening. Russell Hartenberger has been at Virginia Tech workshopping his new piece “Magic Time” commissioned by Escape Ten. Tonight (May 4th) is the premiere. The duo is performing “Magic Time” on marimba with a quintet (the Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble ) performing on tuned cymbals newly created for… Read more »
Zwilich talks about writing “Rituals” for NEXUS
In honour of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich birthday, here is an interview where she shares her thoughts on writing this concerto Rituals for NEXUS. Frank Oteri at New Music Box calls the interview Goose Bumps In The Candy Shop. Ellen has some intriguing comments about percussion instruments and their intrinsic nature: FJO: My favorite piece of… Read more »
From Music Boxes to Vacuums
New style music boxes are a favorite gift for Valentine’s Day. I have a number of music boxes in my collection and one of my favorites is a large, rare Regina music box from 1899. It was made after the company moved from Germany to New Jersey. These antique instruments used large metal disks to… Read more »
I have an extensive collection of a few hundred cowbells, ranging from tiny to gargantuan, which makes the famous Saturday Night Live skit “More Cowbell” ring a bell with me, so to speak. I even incorporated a Dharma Cowbell into the Woodstock Chimes line, so popular it’s out of stock at the moment! It’s funny… Read more »
A new piece by Russell, collaborations, anniversaries and a festival
With the 21C Music Festival about to begin (January 16-20), we are so lucky to be based in Toronto where we can take in its awesome line-up featuring the great Terry Riley and our friends and fellow-percussionists, Sō Percussion.
Come visit Ulster County with your BIKE and HIKING BOOTS!
Woodstock Chimes headquarters is in the heart of New York’s Ulster County, a destination for people seeking natural beauty, cultural enrichment and fun with the family. Whatever the season, there are plenty of good reasons to visit the area, and in 2019 even more are on tap. After years of planning and meetings, a major… Read more »
Happy New Year from Woodstock Chimes founder Garry Kvistad
Happy Holidays from Woodstock Chimes CEO Garry Kvistad
Garry Kvistad with Tuned Sleigh Bells
Tale of a Library
In the 1970s, as I was searching for recordings by George Hamilton Green, I discovered that in virtually every antique shop that had 78 rpm records on its shelves, I could find a few records on which either Green, or his brother Joe, or another xylophonist was playing. By the early 1980s, after rummaging through… Read more »