Did you know that Toru Takemitsu commissioned Jo Kondo to write a piece for NEXUS for 25 cowbells? Titled Under the Umbrella, the piece was recorded at John Wyre’s home outside of Norland, Ontario in August 1980. Now the recording has been re-released by CP2 recordings, on an album that also features Jo Kondo’s orchestral… Read more »
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Here’s an unusual bit of early NEXUS history. The Internet Movie Database references John Wyre and NEXUS providing the soundtrack for a 1974 film “Monkeys in the Attic: A Film of Exploding Dreams”. The film won the Prix Khalimer as well as Best Foreign Film at the Toulon Film Festival in France in 1974. Written,… Read more »
Thanks to everyone for the great turn out at the Fisher Center, Bard College, for this weekend’s revival of “The City Wears a Slouch Hat”, John Cage’s 1942 radio play. The evening was a great success. It was called “John Cage: On & Off the Air! ” and it was designed to spotlight Cage’s fascination… Read more »
Click Here for a press release with information on the full program for Saturday’s event at Bard College’s Fisher Center. We are busy getting all the gear and instruments packed and ready to go. It will be an amazing event…in an amazing building!
If you have been following our blog posts this week, here is a more recent example of NEXUS’ film work: “Inside Time” an awarding-winning film by Jason Young from the National Film Board of Canada, 2007. You can view the whole thing by clicking here, or if you choose, skip through, finding parts of the… Read more »
Further to my last blog post, where I mentioned NEXUS creating the chilling score for the Oscar-winning “The Man Who Skied Down Everest”, you can hear some of it in this short trailer! Amazing visuals too! The music was entirely improvised. Robert Aitken played flute. http://vimeo.com/5375024
Thanks to Lauren Vogel Weiss for photos of NEXUS at PASIC 2012 in Austin. Check our Facebook page to see all of them (and please click that “Like” button while you are there, so that you receive updates to the page!) Ray Dillard, who conducted this revival of John Cage’s “The City Wears a Slouch… Read more »
NEXUS had a great “trial run” or “sneak peek” of John Cage’s “lost work” The City Wears a Slouch Hat at PASIC in Austin TX last Thursday. Great turn out! We will have some photos for you soon. Now NEXUS is preparing for the full premiere at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY on November 17th… Read more »
Bill, Bob, Garry, Russell and Ray are heading to Austin TX this week to take in the sounds and sights of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference. They will be performing John Cage’s “lost work” The City Wears A Slouch Hat for the Focus Showcase Concert this Thursday, a new commission from the John Cage… Read more »
Today, Drum Corps International spotlights a Guardsmen DVD and its percussion feature – NEXUS’ “Xylophonia”: “a delightful work written by Joseph Green, older brother of famed recording xylophonist George Hamilton Green. The piece had been identified in pre-season promotional materials as “Just Ducky,” due to the duck whistle sounds that were added in the “Nexus… Read more »
What a great week! NEXUS was honoured to be a part of Soundstreams’ 30th Anniversary Spectacular at Koerner Hall. It was an ear-opening concert, beautifully presented, and a fitting tribute to Lawrence Cherney and Soundstreams, and their many accomplishments. Reviewer Margaret Lam wrote: “The works were presented by some of the best musicians this country… Read more »
NEXUS is deep into rehearsals for their performance of Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet at CELEBRATE WITH SOUNDSTREAMS! 30th Anniversary Season Spectacular concert on Thursday Oct 11 at Koerner Hall here in Toronto.
NEXUS is preparing for their return to Austin TX on November 1st for PASIC 2012. PASIC is billed as “the biggest percussion event in the world.” For the NEXUS performance Bill has been creating a new water gong and working on sound triggers for Cage’s The City Wears A Slouch Hat. You can read more… Read more »
NEXUS has brought many “lost works” back into the spotlight, expanding possibilities for modern percussion – everything from 1920s novelty ragtime music to silent film accompaniments to John Cage works. On November 17th NEXUS will be a part of the newly staged revival of John Cages The City Wears a Slouch Hat, written for CBS… Read more »
Who knew? NEXUS was the perfect “first date” material for a sound match. Check out page 2 of this New York Times Magazine article on Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.