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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 »

From shimmering to turbulent: An Unusual Evening!

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It was a great pleasure to hear two NEXUS premieres last night: the world premiere (performed by 2X10 and NEXUS) of Norbert Palej’s Virgiliana and the Canadian premiere (performed by NEXUS and 5 actors) of the new revival of John Cage’s “lost work” The City Wears a Slouch Hat. NEXUS performed Palej’s strong response to… Read more »

Reminder Toronto concert this Wednesday

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Just a reminder that NEXUS will be performing at the New Music Festival on Wednesday evening this week, January 23 at 7:30. Admission is FREE. The concert takes place at Walter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building at  80 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C5   NEXUS will be performing with the dynamic piano duo 2X10,… Read more »

Bill and Bob and All About Cymbals

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Did you know that NEXUS has a wealth of informative workshops and website information on Cymbals? Bob Becker has an excellent lecture-demonstration called  The Magic and Mystery of Cymbals which is described in detail here .  You can also find Bob discussion of the cymbals he used (and why — with photos) at a performance… Read more »

A rare chance to hear The City Wears A Slouch Hat

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NEXUS will be performing at the New Music Festival in Toronto on January 23rd in Walter Hall at 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto at 7:30 p.m.. Admission is FREE!  This will be a rare opportunity to hear John Cage’s “The City Wears a Slouch Hat”, with radio play by Kenneth Patchen and film by Mikel Rouse…. Read more »

NEXUS premieres new Norbert Palej commission January 23rd

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NEXUS will be premiering a new work by composer Norbert Palej at the New Music Festival in Toronto on January 23rd. The concert will be in the University of Toronto’s Walter Hall at 7:30 p.m. The piece has been commissioned by NEXUS and the piano duo 2X10, and is entitled “Vergiliana”. There are three movements:… Read more »

Melodic Snare Drumming

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Bob Becker has a great clinic available called Melodic Snare Drumming and Rudimental Arithmetic.  Melodic Snare Drumming is a conceptual approach to playing snare drum that involves physically hearing or imagining a melodic accompaniment while performing. Bob says the idea “is in fact very old, and for centuries was the system through which military-style drumming… Read more »

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