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 »
Clinics and Workshops
September 4-6 at Ithaca College: Come join us for Free Events!
From Sept. 4 through 6, NEXUS will be kicking off Ithaca College’s school year with a series of exciting events. All PRESENTATIONS (INCLUDING THE Sept. 6th CONCERT) ARE FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC as well as to the Ithaca students. We are thrilled that Gordon Stout, (marimbist, composer, and educator – lucky Ithaca College!),… Read more »
Were you at PASIC17?
It was quite a week in Indianapolis. NEXUS record producer Ray Dillard gave a clinic on “Tips and Techniques for Recording Percussion in the Modern Era” with the help of Escape X. Ray has done a few of these clinics now, and tries to make each one different – including different jokes, folks! This one… Read more »
Heading to sunny SUNY-Potsdam
Did you miss us? Yes, we had some technical issues with our blog, but all is “good to go” once again, thanks to our tech wonder Alex Kessaris. Coming up is our residency this weekend at SUNY-Potsdam with a concert on Friday evening (April 21st) in Hosmer Hall, start time 7:30 pm. As part of… Read more »
San Jacinto College, Pasadena TX – see you soon!
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.
Music and Math
They say there are three types of people: those who are good at math and those who aren’t. But seriously, we have somehow lost our cultural connection between the sciences and the arts. There are only a few higher education institutions that have forums to create a nexus between these disciplines. One of these institutions… Read more »
Happy Holidays from all of us here at NEXUS
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 »
Moondog, Reich, Rhythm, Physics, Acoustics – and “This World”!
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 »
Past Presentations at Stanford University
Here’s a short description of the two presentations I gave at Stanford on February 4 and 5. Garry
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Minimalism and the Music of Steve Reich
A lecture/workshop which examines the music of Steve Reich in the context of the minimalist movement. Reich’s compositions, from the early phase pieces to the current video theater works will be examined. The workshop will include a study of rhythmic ideas, structural frameworks and performance techniques. Participants will perform some of Reich’s works and learn… Read more »
Rhythm and Time in Music
A workshop to enable musicians to develop a more comprehensive understanding of rhythm and time in music. This workshop is open to percussionists and non-percussionists. Rhythm in Western music will be examined from a historical perspective. Rhythm in non-Western cultures will be explored and compared to the use of rhythm in Western music. Time in… Read more »
West African Drumming Workshop
A hands-on workshop in which participants will play drum ensemble music from the Ewe, Akan and Dagomba people of Ghana. The workshop can be for any number of people. Groups of 8-10 people at a time will learn to play pieces on traditional West African instruments. Rhythmic construction of the music will be analyzed and… Read more »
Sound Science Workshop
Sound Science This series of workshops takes a close look at how instrument builders have used science to make musical tools and how performers can use this information to make music. The work of Harry Partch, Francois and Bernard Baschet, Thomas Rossing, and Garry Kvistad will be featured along with intercultural examples such as American… Read more »
Visiting Artist Residencies
Bill Cahn Visiting Artist Residencies Bill Cahn brings decades of experience world-wide in performance, education, arts administration, and community outreach to his residencies. Planned in collaboration with host organization(s), the goal of the residencies is to celebrate the power of music to enrich lives and the joy of music-making through skill development and the interactive… Read more »