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Bill Cahn (July, 2010)

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Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion quintet since 1971, and was the principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995.  Born in Philadelphia in 1946, Bill has performed with conductors, composers, ensembles, and artists representing diverse musical styles – Chet Atkins, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Chuck Mangione, Mitch… Read more »

WEIRD INSTRUMENTS and the SCIENCE OF SOUND

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Today I want to tell you about Garry Kvistad’s collection of strange instruments and his Science of Sound workshop. Garry is the “newbie” with NEXUS. He joined NEXUS in 2002 when founding member John Wyre retired, so he’s been a Nexonian for a mere 6 years compared to NEXUS’ thirty-seven!

2007 Highlights

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2007 Highlights January – returned to Japan for a week of concerts at the Amakusa ISLAND MAGIC 2007 festival with marimbist, Mika Yoshida, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, bassist Eddie Gomez, and pianist Peter John Stoltzman. The ensemble performed in New York at Carnegie Hall the following week. February – workshops presented at the University of Kansas… Read more »

Friday Nov. 14, 2008

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Hello out there.  It’s a week after the NEXUS performance at PASIC, and the sun still shines, though not as much in Rochester as in Austin.  Eric Ewazen’s new piece, “The Eternal Dance of Life,” was a great success, and NEXUS is looking forward to revisiting it many times in the future.  A few days… Read more »

MARKETING MATERIALS AVAILABLE

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Just a quick post to let our Presenters know about marketing materials that are available. We have flyers that we can send to you for your own overprinting. We have complete HARDCOPY press and promotional packages that we can snail-mail to you for committee meetings or newspaper and magazine writers.  These come with full reviews,… Read more »

Dress Rehearsal for PASIC Concert – November 6, 2008

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Photos from Dress Rehearsal for the PASIC Concert – November 6, 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention – Austin, Texas Southern Methodist University Meadows Wind Ensemble, Jack Delaney conducting Featuring Eric Ewazen’s “Eternal Dance of Life”

Orchestras Canada

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I’ve just been reading the Orchestras Canada weekly newsletter. It’s called Soundbytes, and it comes into my email box every Friday. This week they announced our new website, but that was just one of several “newsbytes” from across the country. “Soundbytes” is a great resource. As well as the latest news, it provides useable and… Read more »

Making Movies With NEXUS

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I’ve been thinking about NEXUS and their film programmes and film scores. NEXUS has two fascinating programmes of Silent Film Accompaniments: the fun “Teddy At The Throttle“, Mack Sennett’s great silent comedy starring Keystone Teddy the dog, who saves the girl tied to the railway tracks. (This summer NEXUS performed “Teddy” in the Ottawa Chamber… Read more »

Rehearsal for the Ewazen at SMU-Dallas – Nov. 3

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NEXUS rehearsal with conductor Jack Delaney and the Southern Methodist University Meadows School Wind Ensemble for the premiere of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble – The Eternal Dance of Life.

Small Percussion Instruments in the Orchestra

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A lecture/demonstration on approaches and techniques applied to performance on standard orchestral small percussion instruments: cymbals triangle tambourine wood block tam tam/gong Included in the presentation are taped examples from the standard symphonic repertoire with simultaneous live performance. Time: 90 minutes Requirements: audio-cassette tape recorder (+ amp & speakers), 3 gooseneck cymbal stands), 6 music… Read more »

Performing Live with Midi (a lecture/demonstration)

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A lecture/demonstration aimed at musicians who are already performing on acoustic instruments and who want to have a closer look at the possibilities for musical expression offered by the MIDI revolution. Topics may include: COMPUTER INSTRUMENT ENVIRONMENTS – Personal Computers, Dedicated Components, What Electronic MIDI Instruments Can Do, Limitations of Electronic MIDI Instruments HELPFUL CONCEPTS… Read more »

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