History of NEXUS Performances – 1968 to 2017

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To see a complete listing of performances by NEXUS from 1968 to 2015 – including dates, venues, programs –  click on the links below: History of NEXUS 1968-1989 History of NEXUS 1990-1998 History of NEXUS 1999-2017    

Ionisation Enclumes

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Michael Rosen’s article on “Ionisation” in the July 2015 issue of PERCUSSIVE NOTES.  After reading it, the memory banks in my brain started throwing out images of the past, along with an impulse to write about two of these images under the assumption that they might in some way be of… Read more »

Some reflections on John Cage

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In response to the request on NEXUS’ Facebook, here are a few more John Cage recollections.   In June, 1984 NEXUS embarked on a major European tour lasting over two months. Our first stop on the trip was Amsterdam and the Holland Festival. We played two concerts there, including a monumental all-night improvisation in the… Read more »

What went into recording our new CD “Persian Songs”? Plenty!

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Here is a GREAT article, for your listening pleasure! Audiophile Experts talk to our recording producer Ray Dillard and Noble Street Studio manager Donny Da Silva to discover the complexities of recording the percussion instruments of NEXUS and balancing it all with the ethereal voice of Sepideh Raissadat.

Festivals of the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York

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This region, which is the home of Woodstock Chimes, is known for its beautiful environment, its history and its culture. There are almost too many things to choose from, such as the many wonderful festivals of all sorts. I recently played in the orchestra for the Festival of the Voice in Phoenicia, NY. This is… Read more »

A John Cage recollection: Third Construction

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During the summers from 2000 to 2010 I was in Newark, DE directing my annual Xylophone Institute at the University of Delaware. The host for that event was the professor of percussion at UDel, Harvey Price. One day the topic of John Cage’s Third Construction came up in a conversation, and I told Harvey about… Read more »

“Persian Songs” – the newest CD by NEXUS

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August, 2015 – I’m happy to announce the newest CD by NEXUS – “Persian Songs” (NEXUS Records #10926). The group’s 16th CD under the “NEXUS Records” label features classical vocalist, Sepideh Raissadat, performing arrangements by NEXUS member, Russell Hartenberger.  A live performance of “Persian Songs” by NEXUS will be a featured event at the 2015… Read more »

Eastman Summer Horizons – July 13 to 31, 2015

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Another summer session at the Eastman School of Music provided yet one more amazing experience with Creative Music Making – free form improvisation – this time explored by high-school-age students coming to Rochester from all over the world. This summer’s CMM group included 25 young musicians, divided into 2 classes. The classes each met for… Read more »

Wolfgang and Amy

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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 »

Kingston, NY – April 2015

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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

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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 »

Tubophone Question

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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 »

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