“presents workshops on such diverse topics as Creative Music Making, the Science of Sound, Minimalism, Xylophone History and Performance, Mystery and Magic of Cymbals, North Indian Drumming, West African Music, Orchestra Percussion Overview, Historical Drumming Styles, Historic Music From the Military Era of Fifes and Drums, and the Business of Music.”

In response to the request on NEXUS’ Facebook, here are a few more John Cage recollections.   In June, 1984 NEXUS embarked on a major European tour lasting over two months. Our first stop on the trip was Amsterdam and the Holland Festival. We played two concerts there, including a monumental all-night improvisation in the… Read more »

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After posting the information about the publication of “Time Zones” (see my preceding blog post), I received the following response on Facebook from Lee Gurst, whom I have known since high school days in Philadelphia, at which time I greatly admired his concert snare drumming. Lee studied with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist, Michael Bookspan, one of… Read more »

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Click the link below to download my article about John Cage from the September 2012 issue of Percussive Notes. Encounters with John Cage

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Pierre Boulez, composer and conductor, passed away on January 5 at the age of 90. It is said that conductors live long lives due to their intense mental and physical activity during performances. His compositions are still considered by many to be avant-garde due to their complexity. Composer Edgard Varèse has attributed this attitude to… Read more »

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