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Timpani Revisited – April 14 to 18, 2009

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Except for the timpani part in “White Night” by Toshi Ichiyanagi, which  I played with NEXUS in one concert in Toronto a few years ago, and my own “Night Ride”, which was in the NEXUS repertoire for a few concerts in 2006/2007, I had not really spent much time ‘timpanizing’ since I left the Rochester… Read more »

(Dan) Fred D. Hinger Remembered

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Dan Hinger and Bill Cahn  (1981)   I first met Mr. Hinger at a rehearsal of the Philadelphia All-City Junior High Band in 1960.  His son, Bill Hinger and I were budding 8th-grade percussionists in the Band, and Dan was there at one of our Saturday morning rehearsals at Girls High School on North Broad… Read more »

‘Another Story for Virgins’

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The following poem is dedicated to Warren Benson. It was composed after hearing a performance of Warren’s “Danzon” for wind ensemble.     Another Story for Virgins (Warren’s DANZON)   marimba [?] . . . blossoms into . . . ubiquitous NOW awash in a swirl of amorphous sound virgin ears spread to beckon a penetration… Read more »

Spring Activities, 2009

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I had a number of interesting and enjoyable tours during the first months of 2009. On January 9 and 10, I was in Minneapolis for the Minnesota Day of Percussion held at Anoka High School. This was a splendidly run and densely packed day of concerts and workshops. I presented both snare drum and cymbal… Read more »

Rudimental Arithmetic is now available.

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My new book: Rudimental Arithmetic – A Drummer’s Study of Pattern and Rhythm is available now from Keyboard Percussion Publications. Click HERE to read Mark Ford’s recent review in Percussive Notes (April, 2009). The book was in progress for several years and has been a real adventure for me to write. Somebody once said: “There are… 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 »

My Rowan Residency – April 24 through 27, 2009

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It has been said that professional careers consist of three distinct phases: 1) the acquisition of skills from the preceding generation; 2) the application of the acquired skills in the chosen profession, and; 3) the passing along of those skills to the next generation.  Each phase has its rewards, and one of the most satisfying… 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:

The Aesthetics of the Audition Excerpt

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Over the past decade I have attended dozens of clinics and masterclasses aimed at explaining methods for preparing orchestral percussion audition repertoire, and describing techniques for succeeding in an audition environment. I have also read numerous articles in percussion magazines, and viewed several educational DVDs addressing the same issues. Furthermore, professional performers (including myself) and… Read more »

Happy Birthday to Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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Our friend, the distinguished American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, is  celebrating her 70th birthday in April and we wish her the happiest of  birthdays.

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.

Happy Birthday Ray!

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  Last night – April 4, 2009 – was the time for us to celebrate Ray Dillard’s birthday at “The Host”, a Toronto Indian restaurant that has been a favourite of NEXUS for years.  It was quite a gathering of about 25 of Ray’s and Lorrie’s friends and family.  Joining the party all the way… Read more »

NEXUS at the Glenn Gould Studio

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Here is a photo taken near the end of sound check prior to the concert at the Glenn Gould Studio on April 5, 2009.

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