Posts By: Peggy Feltmate

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 »

McCaslin, Nimmons and all things NEXUS

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I’ve been meaning to mention for awhile now the super blog-post from Jon McCaslin about NEXUS. Check it out here.  Jon includes some nice video footage too: NEXUS performing Steve Reich’s Music For Pieces of Wood, Steve Gadd tap-dancing to NEXUS, and Duke’s Lullaby featuring Steve Gadd and Abraham Adzenyah with NEXUS. Jon happens to… Read more »

“Delightful, intense and deftly planned”: The Rochester reviews

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What a fabulous response to Toru Takemitsu’s “From me flows what you call Time…” performed by NEXUS with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Peter Bay. The reviews are in, and…my oh my! Jeff Spevak, music critic for The Democrat & Chronicle, says “the night belonged to the sparkling collaboration between the RPO… Read more »

Russell talks about his long association with Steve Reich

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In case you did not see our Facebook posting we wanted to alert you to this great article by Daniel Tones.   Daniel interviewed Russell a few years ago about the music of Steve Reich. Russell was the first trained percussionist to join Steve’s ensemble and has collaborated with Steve for over 40 years. Our friends… Read more »

The beautiful Eastman Theatre: Countdown to May 9 and 11

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NEXUS is counting down the days to their May 9 and May 11 performances with the Rochester Philharmonic of Takemitsu’s extraordinary 1990 concerto, “From me flows what you call time…”. The performances and pre-concert chats will take place in the beautiful Eastman Theatre in Rochester. The Theatre celebrated its 90th birthday last year and has… Read more »

NEXUS with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in May

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In mid May NEXUS will be performing with America’s leading wind ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday during MusicFest Canada, a huge educational event being hosted by Toronto. The EWE has been in existence for 60 years and has a core of about 50 performers who are undergraduate and graduate students… Read more »

NEXUS brings their “sonic feast” to Rochester in May

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Nexus is preparing for performances May 9 (7:30) and May 11 (8:00) with the Rochester Philharmonic in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. There will be a Pre-concert chat one hour before concert time, on both days. NEXUS will be performing their signature concerto “From me flows what you call Time…” by Toru Takemitsu, (a piece… Read more »

Pendulum Waves, Siren Discs, and Pink Noise

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Garry Kvistad, our resident “science guy” sent me this video awhile back. Take a minute and a half to check it out. Kind of amazing, isn’t it! The video was posted on Harvard’s Science Demonstrations site which tells us that the pendulums “dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.”… Read more »

Bill: Bass Drum Afficionado

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A few weeks ago we looked at cymbals. Today – the Bass Drum. Bill has posted a highly entertaining and heartfelt tribute to the Bass Drum called Bass Drums Anonymous. In it, the Bass Drum speaks of the sadness of towels and other mutes that curtail her resonant undampened sound, the lack of respect for… Read more »

A Page of Madness

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Film accompaniment has intrigued NEXUS ever since NEXUS created the chilling score for the Academy -award winning film “The Man Who Skied Down Everest”. They have created the film score for the NFB’s “Inside Time” about the bank robbing “Stopwatch Gang”, and for their 25th anniversary they undertook an unusual film project with Atom Egoyan… Read more »

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