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 »

Listening – A Musician’s Necessary Skill

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I am continually amazed in my Creative Music Making workshops at music schools and conservatories when I ask participants to raise their hands if they have ever had a class on listening.  More often than not there are no hands raised – none – but whenever there are hands raised, it’s usually only one or… 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 »

Close Encounters of the Composer Kind – Gunther Schuller

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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 »

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 »

Wilbraham Monson Academy, Wilbraham, Mass.

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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 »

Wildly varied array of percussion music at Percussion Rochester, May 1st!

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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.

Awareness of the Autism Spectrum

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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 »

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