Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived for only 35 years, creating I some of the most incredible music during his short stay on this planet. Amy Winehouse lived for only 27 years, also creating a wealth of music, albeit quite different. In 1984, the movie Amadeus offered the public a fictionalized account of Mozart’s life based on… Read more »
It was with sadness that I read about the passing of Gunther Schuller, the American composer, conductor, horn player, author, historian and jazz musician, on June 21 at the age of 89-years. I first became aware of Schuller in the 1960s when I was in high school. One of his “Third Stream” compositions was featured… Read more »
The week of April 17 through 22 was another busy time for NEXUS. The first few days were spent in rehearsals for the April 19 concert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kingston on the Ulster (NY) Chamber Music Series. The repertoire included a new work, “Chiaroscuro,” by Baird Hersey for the vocal ensemble, Prana, and… Read more »
Drummers’ Heritage Day, May 2, 2015 included four events as part of the Percussion Rochester ’15 Festival. Three of the four events honored Revolutionary War fifers and drummers interred in local cemeteries – East Bloomfield, NY, the West Bloomfield, NY Pioneer Cemetery, and the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY – in tribute to the… Read more »
As mentioned in several previous blog postings, I frequently receive emailed questions on various percussion-related subjects. Question: After seeing the tubophone photo in your blog posting titled, “Instruments You Can’t Buy (Part 1 – Orchestra Repertoire)“ I’m considering the possibility of constructing one. Can you offer any suggestions? Response: For the tubophone described in the blog,… Read more »
You have caught us in the midst of an amazing ten days. It began on June 18 when Bill Cahn, fresh back from a kayaking vacation, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.
NEXUS enters its 45th year, next week! And what a way to usher in this milestone!
Every now and then I have the pleasure of working with young students and it happened recently when I was invited to give workshops and a concert at the Wilbraham Monson Academy in central Massachusetts. The students there were wonderfully receptive to the concepts and ideas that I presented relating to instrument building, tuning, business… Read more »
Join us for an exciting FREE concert of new works at Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 PM on Friday May 1st at the Eastman School of Music. Newly commissioned works by Grammy-winner Libby Larsen, the exceptional Michael Burritt and our very own Bill Cahn will be featured, performed by NEXUS with Michael Burritt and mezzo-soprano Katherine Ciesinski.
Join us this Sunday April 19th at 3pm for an amazing collaboration, an extraordinary musical event: NEXUS in concert with Paul Winter and Prana! (Click here for Ticket info).
April is National Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. I am very proud of the initiative that we took a year ago in developing the Woodstock Chimes for Autism, which was inspired by 8-year-old Tyler Doi, who has high-functioning autism and an extraordinary musical acuity that enables him to identify… Read more »
For those of us who were unable to view the Voice of American broadcast of NEXUS with Sepideh Raissadat, here is the link to the online and downloadable version! Thank you Sepideh!
Happy Nowruz! Today is the Persian New Year and at 3:30-4:30 pm (GMT) Sepideh Raissadat’s performance with Nexus and Sarv Ensemble will be broadcast at Voice Of America as a Nowruz celebration. (11:30 a.m. local Toronto time.) We can listen via computer link at http://ir.voanews.com/?mobile=no
We have set the clocks ahead, so it is officially Spring, and NEXUS has a busy season ahead with a number of exciting projects. This month began with a recording session with Sepideh Raissadat for VOA Persia. The video program is to be broadcast over Voice of America throughout Iran. Follow us on Facebook for… Read more »