Posts By: Peggy Feltmate

Birthday wishes to Ray Dillard

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This week, join us in wishing our Business Manager and Recording Engineer/Producer Ray Dillard a very happy birthday! In addition to his many and varied duties for NEXUS –  everything from bill paying, banking, logistics, instrument loading, recording, and just general wonderful support –  Ray records and  advises other artists too, and has a busy… Read more »

NEXUS at Open Ears Festival in June

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We are excited to share the news with you that NEXUS will be a part of the Open Ears Festival in June. This innovative art-and-sound festival in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, only happens every two years.

Looking back to World Drums 1986

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Join us on Facebook to see a wonderful collection of photos of John Wyre’s World Drums at Expo 86 in Vancouver, Canada. The photos have been shared with us by Barry Burns who was production stage manager with the Expo 86 entertainment department and today is with the Shaw Festival. Barry says that World Drums… Read more »

Percussion “makes music worth listening to”

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Reviewer John Terauds gave a great shout-out to NEXUS this weekend in his excellent review of Rob Power’s new album “Touch”:  “There’s been an explosion (or should we call it striking growth?) in the number of fine percussionists in this country  — largely due to the influence and inspiration of Nexus, the Toronto ensemble founded… Read more »

Are you ready for PASIC 2013?

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If you have been following us on Facebook, you will know that the NEXUS members are heading to Indianapolis for the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Conference. Russell Hartenberger is going to be on the World Percussion Committee’s panel along with B. Michael Williams, Shawn Mativetsky, and Michael Spiro with Neeraj Mehta as “referee”. Bill… Read more »

Robin Engelman on the NEXUS World Tour 1984

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NEXUS founding member emeritus, Robin Engelman, has been typing up his diary of the NEXUS 1984 World Tour! You can find Parts 1 to 4 on his blog. Here are the links: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Enjoy!  

NEXUS and the Notorious Bank Robber

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It was announced this week that the notorious bank robber Stephen Reid has won a $5000 literary award for his collection of essays penned in prison. Reid’s life and philosophy were the subject of the 2007 documentary “Inside Time” for which NEXUS provided the sound track. The film (directed by Jason Young and produced by… Read more »

Join us Sept 7 in Woodstock for DRUM BOOGIE!

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We’re getting ready for the Drum Boogie Festival on Saturday Sept 7 (rain date Sept 8th)  in Woodstock NY. NEXUS will perform a tribute to the great ragtime composer George Hamilton Green at 10 a.m. at the Artists Cemetery. Then at 11 the festival begins at Andy Lee Field. Along with NEXUS, performers include Jack… Read more »

The Reich stuff: workshops by Bob and Russell

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“The Reich stuff”: that’s what Bill Cahn calls it. The New Yorker has called Steve Reich “the most original musical thinker of our time.”  Steve Reich has called NEXUS “probably the most acclaimed percussion group on earth.”  Clearly, a match made in heaven! In 2010, NEXUS premiered Reich’s new Mallet Quartet, commissioned by NEXUS and… Read more »

Takemitsu and the Canadian connection

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I have just been reading a very interesting blog post about Toru Takemitsu that talks of his many connections with Canada and Toronto. The article is a discussion of a recording of his pieces : TAKEMITSU: Toward the Sea / Rain Tree / Rain Spell / Bryce. The recording features Robert Aitken and the Toronto… Read more »

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