Bill Cahn: Blog

Ionisation Enclumes

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Michael Rosen’s article on “Ionisation” in the July 2015 issue of PERCUSSIVE NOTES.  After reading it, the memory banks in my brain started throwing out images of the past, along with an impulse to write about two of these images under the assumption that they might in some way be of… Read more »

“Persian Songs” – the newest CD by NEXUS

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August, 2015 – I’m happy to announce the newest CD by NEXUS – “Persian Songs” (NEXUS Records #10926). The group’s 16th CD under the “NEXUS Records” label features classical vocalist, Sepideh Raissadat, performing arrangements by NEXUS member, Russell Hartenberger.  A live performance of “Persian Songs” by NEXUS will be a featured event at the 2015… Read more »

Eastman Summer Horizons – July 13 to 31, 2015

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Another summer session at the Eastman School of Music provided yet one more amazing experience with Creative Music Making – free form improvisation – this time explored by high-school-age students coming to Rochester from all over the world. This summer’s CMM group included 25 young musicians, divided into 2 classes. The classes each met for… Read more »

Kingston, NY – April 2015

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The week of April 17 through 22 was another busy time for NEXUS.  The first few days were spent in rehearsals for the April 19 concert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kingston on the Ulster (NY) Chamber Music Series.  The repertoire included a new work, “Chiaroscuro,” by Baird Hersey for the vocal ensemble, Prana, and… Read more »

Drummers’ Heritage Day – May 2, 2015

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Drummers’ Heritage Day, May 2, 2015 included four events as part of the Percussion Rochester ’15 Festival.  Three of the four events honored Revolutionary War fifers and drummers interred in local cemeteries – East Bloomfield, NY, the West Bloomfield, NY Pioneer Cemetery, and the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY – in tribute to the… Read more »

Tubophone Question

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As mentioned in several previous blog postings, I frequently receive emailed questions on various percussion-related subjects. Question: After seeing the tubophone photo in your blog posting titled, “Instruments You Can’t Buy (Part 1 – Orchestra Repertoire)“ I’m considering the possibility of constructing one.  Can you offer any suggestions? Response: For the tubophone described in the blog,… Read more »

Colin Currie at Eastman – January 14, 2015

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Among the many wonderful benefits of being associated with the Eastman School of Music on a regular basis are the periodic visits of guest musicians, especially in the percussion department. In the 2014/15 season alone there have been visits by Leigh Howard Stevens, Lee Vinson, Jake Nisly, Stanley Leonard, and Amadinda. On Jan. 14, Colin… Read more »

An Inspiring week at the Eastman School – Dec. 1 to 4, 2014

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The week of Dec. 1 was a special one at the Eastman School, beginning with a day-long visit by the Hungarian percussion group, Amadinda, on Monday.  A  2-1/2-hour morning masterclass with student performances was facilitated by Amadinda members, Zoltan Rácz and Aurél Holló.                        … Read more »

Improvise! Just do it!

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A few weeks after facilitating the 3-week summer  “Creative Music Making” course (July 6 to 25, 2014) at the Eastman School of Music, I received the following letter from one of the participating high school students. “Hello Mr.Cahn.  How are you?  I took the improvisation class from you at the 2014 Eastman Music Horizons Program…. Read more »

A Cajon Premiere

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    The NEXUS concert in Kitchener, Ontario on June 13, 2014 was comprised entirely of the music of Russell Hartenberger.  The first half of the concert consisted of a NEXUS favorite, “The Invisible Proverb” (recorded By NEXUS on their “Drumtalker” CD) and the first of two world premieres, “Moondog Suite,”  which was followed after… Read more »

On Wings of Song – Performance

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I am very excited that one of my compositions is programmed on the Sunday, March 30, 2014 concert of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra under the direction of David Fetler at the Hochstein School of Music.  The Bach Children’s Chorus of Nazareth College will join the RCO in a performance of On Wings of Song with… Read more »

Calling all Crickets

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From time to time I receive inquiries from percussionists – students and professionals – regarding instrument selection and repertoire.  One such inquiry arrived recently seeking advice on the “cricket callers” (split bamboo) in John Cage’s “Third Construction.” Q:  “I recently discovered your video of Nexus performing the piece in 1984.  I would love to know… Read more »

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