From The Archives: NEXUS plays “Fauna”

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quica from www.objectlessons.comAlmost exactly 21 years ago, on November 13, 1989, NEXUS performed at the Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Center in Manhattan, presenting Bill Cahn’s piece “Fauna”. It’s a wonderful work where melodic marimba lines are punctuated by drum kit fills, coupled with rhythmic animal ambience, rainsticks, a well-placed lion’s roar, and the distinctive hoot of the quica.  Interestingly, WNYC Radio broadcast the performance just a few years ago on its July 2007 “New Sounds” program, in a terrific episode called “Percussion Paintings”. You can hear the Merkin Hall performance of “Fauna”  by clicking here.   Be sure to turn your sound well up to catch all the mysterious low notes.  A different performance of the same piece is available on the “NEXUS Now” CD.
Also on the WNYC broadcast is Wendy Mae Chambers’ “Night of the Shooting Stars,” (a tone poem for 16 percussionists inspired by The Leonids meteor shower), that features Jack-in-the Boxes, key chains, conch shells, sleigh bells, and slide whistles, as well as audience participation on siren whistles! There are also some shorter excerpts of performances by Dafos, Michael Daugherty and Evelyn Glennie.  Enjoy!

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