Here is a great article, (with photos!) on our very own Garry Kvistad. Garry recently helped celebrate Jan Williams’ birthday in Buffalo, performing Ionization under Jan’s baton, and performing Steve Reich’s Clapping Music with Allen Otte who was in Blackearth Percussion with Garry a number of moons ago. Jan Williams is honoured as a long-time… Read more »
Peggy Feltmate: Blog
Robin has posted Part 6 of his NEXUS World Tour Diary from 1984 on his blog. Check it out by clicking HERE! This segment looks at NEXUS’ visit to the Great Wall, a Peking Duck dinner, and NEXUS treating their Chinese hosts.
It’s been a busy summer for the NEXUS members, with more to come! Following Bob’s performances with Amadinda in Budapest, and Russell, Bob and Ray’s participation in the Live Lab phasing project at McMaster University (exploring the phenomenon of phasing in Steve Reich’s music using motion-capture technology and LED-equipped mallets!), the summer began with NEXUS’… Read more »
NEXUS and Sepideh Raissadat were greeted by a sold-out house on the weekend at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario.
Russsell Hartenberger’s new “Moondog Suite” will premiere on June 13th at Open Ears Festival. Russell was inspired to explore Moondog’s work not only by the eccentric composer’s “snaketime” rhythms (see last week’s posting) , his unusual uses of ambient sound, and influences that ranged from Native American through jazz to classical, but also by Moondog’s… Read more »
On June 13 NEXUS and the Iranian vocalist Sepideh Raissadat join forces in a unique concert performance at the Open Ears Festival (Registry Theatre, Kitchener, ON). Russell Hartenberger has created several very special new arrangements for NEXUS and voice that will receive their premiere at the concert. Sepideh was born in Tehran, and began studying… Read more »
Russell has been busy! He has just completed a concert’s worth of new works to be premiered by NEXUS on June 13 at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario.
May 22nd is NEXUS’ 43rd Birthday! On May 22nd 1971, the first NEXUS concert took place in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.
Russell is putting the finishing touches on his suite of arrangements of works by Reza Ghassemi, the award-winning Iranian novelist, musician and composer. Russell’s suite will be premiered by NEXUS at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo on June 13th. Ghassemi is adept in classical Iranian music and is a master of the Persian… Read more »
Russell Hartenberger has been hard at work on some wonderful new works that will be premiered by NEXUS on June 13 at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
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 »
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.
I thought you would enjoy the article just posted on Thomas Brett’s blog about “a rendition of Steve Reich’s Music For Pieces Of Wood by the esteemed percussion ensemble Nexus.” The performance he looks at is on Youtube and is provided at the bottom of the article. The post is titled On The Wisdom Of… Read more »
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 »
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 »