Peggy Feltmate: Blog

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 »

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 »

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