San Jacinto College Central has invited us for a March residency that’s going to cover a LOT of ground! The emails have been flying about the concert programming and it’s going to be a lot of fun, with fanfares and ragtime and Bob Becker’s “Palta” arranged for steel band – it’s going to be great.
The NEXUS members never sit still. Even a winter “respite” has taken Russell to the Sacher music archive and its Steve Reich Collection in Basel, Switzerland; Bob’s heading out on U.S. tour dates; Garry is heading to warmer climes to the south. Bill and Ray are hardier types enjoying brisk temperatures and a multitude of… Read more »
At last we have received some snow at the Toronto office, so it feels more like the December holiday season! If you follow us on Instagram (@nexuspercussion) you will be familiar with the NEXUS office dog, who – as you can see – settles easily into “cozy winter” mode. All the NEXUS members are off… Read more »
I think we should just call November 30 to December 4 “NEXUS Week” and be done with it! Here in Toronto NEXUS will be deeply involved in a symposium under the auspices of the Jackman Humanities Institute called “Reich, Rhythm, and Repetition: Patterns in Music, Speech, and Science”, being held at the University of Toronto… Read more »
We are delighted to announce CHIAROSCURO and tell you a bit about it. In 2014 Garry invited Baird Hersey to his studio to show him a new instrument that he had built. Two years later the result of that meeting is a new recording, Chiaroscuro. The album is a suite of pieces which combines ancient,… Read more »
The newest NEXUS CD was released today. IT SOUNDS GREAT! For the next few weeks it’s only available directly from NEXUS by emailing email@example.com. (The price is (US) $12.00 plus postage.)
You would think everything would be kinda laid back in the summer months. But not for the NEXUS guys! Fresh from the NEXUS concert in Rockport Massachusetts, everyone is off in various directions. Bob is down in Virginia, making music. Russell is preparing for the July Creative Music Making program. Garry has been busy blogging… Read more »
Another wonderful review of our Rockport Music Fest concert in Massachusetts – this one from the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Be sure to go read the entire piece by Fred Bouchard. Here are a few excerpts : “…these four seasoned sages of stickwork were flipping their hickories to Q-tipped heads as they faced each other in… Read more »
Ours was the first all-percussion concert in the 35 year old history of the Rockport Music Festival in Massachusetts – and what a wonderful review from Boston Classical! Be sure to go read the entire piece by David Wright.
A beautiful “Robin Engelman Life Celebration” was hosted by the Engelman family this past weekend for friends and family. Eleanor Engelman announced that Robin’s papers and historical materials are going to be housed at Northwestern University – wonderful news. Guests came from Hamburg Germany (the “official photographer” for the event, at Robin’s request), from Texas,… Read more »
We can’t wait for our June 4th concert in the beautiful Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in the intriguing waterfront town of Rockport Massachusetts. We hope you will join us there, and take in some other concerts in their Summer Chamber Music Festival. The concert is at 8 pm and there will be a pre-concert… Read more »
Last night’s concert of Steve Reich’s music was extraordinary. At its conclusion, the full house was on its feet with a gigantic roar. And no wonder! The musicians were intensely focused and absolutely devoted to this music. And happy little onstage smiles could be seen throughout, too.
If you follow us on Facebook (and we hope you do!) you have been treated to a play-by-play of these busy weeks. Steve Reich is here in Toronto celebrating his 80th with Soundstreams. The birthday gala is on Thursday evening at Massey Hall, and Bob, Russ and Garry will share the stage with Steve
Cover Art! When Bill was producing his Solo Percussionist album, he saw this angel image in black and white in a book on musical instruments that identified it only as “from a Book of the Hours, made in Milan for the Sforza family ca. 1494”. The book credited the British Library – so he contacted… Read more »
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of NEXUS founding member Robin Engelman. As the message came to us, ‘Robin left “On Tour” yesterday afternoon, Friday, February 26.’ As John Wyre said, Robin brought “enormous authority to his performance and to his life.” A memorial page is being created on Robin’s website… Read more »