Posts By: Peggy Feltmate

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Musician

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I want to tell you about Bill Cahn‘s workshop entitled “Creative Music-Making.”   Bill has given it a subtitle – “Four Simple Steps to Cultivating the Inner Musician” – and it is designed for any age, professional and amateur alike, experienced or “never tried it”. Completely interactive, the workshop provides an opportunity to TRY THINGS –… Read more »

“POPS” Goes the Family Programming

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The holidays are upon us! In every corner of the globe there are celebrations – I’ll give you a list of a “baker’s dozen” at the end of this post. It has set me to thinking about the FAMILY and POPS repertoire in the NEXUS programme collection. “An African Celebration” is a joyous programme with… Read more »

Woodstock’s Percussion Connections

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Bob Becker’s blog mentions George Hamilton Greene‘s grave in Woodstock’s Artists’ Cemetery. (For a nice winter view of this peaceful place, click here)  . I hadn’t known about the Cemetery, but Fodor’s makes it sound downright percussive: “Many of the stones, in keeping with the wishes of their buried subjects, tell artfully rendered stories that… Read more »

JOHN CAGE: Honky Tonk, Laughter and Fungi

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I admit I’m a “newbie” when it comes to John Cage.  I know of the man, of course, but had never really heard his work. I knew about the 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence;  – I certainly hadn’t heard that! And I’d seen any number of send-ups of “prepared pianos” (a Cage innovation)…. Read more »

You’re In The Army Now

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NEXUS member Robin Engelman has just returned from Sweden and Finland where he was the guest of each country’s army! A bit unusual, you might think, but it’s due to Robin’s long-held fascination with military drumming, the historic rope tensioned field drums, and fife and drum music. He’s become an expert in the field (pun… Read more »

What Makes NEXUS Run

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If you have booked NEXUS, then you know Ray Dillard, the NEXUS Business Manager. He’s the man we turn to when we need to know if a gig can work logistically. He can tell us how many cases each instrument set-up takes, what we need in terms of light and sound, how many hours we… Read more »

PEARL and ADAMS Can Help You Out!

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Adams Musical Instruments and Pearl Drums are two of our Sponsors. They help us out in a whole lot of ways and they can help you out too. Did you know that Pearl/Adams will help you financially if you wish to present a NEXUS educational event such as a clinic, workshop, or master-class?

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!

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 »

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 »

EWAZEN WRITES INUIT-INSPIRED PIECE FOR NEXUS

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NEXUS is on their way to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention this week in Austin, Texas. It’s an exciting time! NEXUS will be performing the world premiere of “The Eternal Dance of Life” by acclaimed composer Eric Ewazen. The new piece was written specifically for NEXUS with wind ensemble. For the premiere, the Meadows… Read more »

Skype to the Rescue

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Welcome to the new NEXUS website! It’s a total revamp with information and resources for presenters, students, fans and fellow artists, and blogs for each of us so we can keep you up to the minute with NEXUS news, answer queries and provide you with some interesting peeks behind-the-scenes. Coming soon will be a new… Read more »

NEXUS Pops and Family Repertoire with Orchestra

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A Listing of Programs 1) “An African Celebration” A concert featuring authentic Ghanaian music and arrangements of African music for orchestra with master drummers. Exciting West African drumming plus the rousing Concerto for African Percussion Ensemble and Orchestra by the popular American composer Bill Douglas. A truly inspiring presentation that provides a multi cultural experience… Read more »

NEXUS and Choir

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A Partial Listing of Program Options These and other works can be combined and further suggestions by choir directors are welcomed. The 21st Century: Four Rituals (for percussion quintet, choir and audience) – by Christos Hatzis The 20th Century: Carmina Burana (complete or excerpts) – by Carl Orff, Catulli Carmina by Carl Orff Epitaph for… Read more »

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