Gagal Reviews


Various Quotes from the NEXUS appearance at Ojai, California – June 2008

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“one of the peak experiences of my musical life…At the sudden ending…ecstatic whoops and cheers forced three curtain calls… It was a performance for the ages.” – Brett Campbell, San Francisco Classical Voice “Ojai felt, for that hour, like holy ground.” – Mark Swed, L. A. Times music critic “I’m writing this a few hours… Read more »

Ojai Reviews – June 2007

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ARTICLES / BLOG ENTRIES DURING THE FESTIVAL Out West Arts blogspot Ojai Day 2 June 11, 2007 Sometimes I wonder why I go to the Ojai festival. I hate sitting outdoors in the sun, or even worse, freezing at night. Nor is sitting on a hard bench for up to 6 hours a day my… Read more »

Kansas City Star Review – February 2007

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Kansas City Star – February 19, 2007 The Kansas City Symphony’s percussion-themed program for this weekend looked ingenious and fun on paper. Haydn’s ‘Drum Roll’ Symphony with its opening timpani lick was paired with Stravinsky’s raucous ‘The Rite of Spring,’ and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s recent ‘Rituals’ for percussion and orchestra was sandwiched between. On the… Read more »

Zwilich CD Reviews

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Naxos CD# 8.559268 (52′ 02″) ZWILICH: Violin Concerto, Rituals for five Percussionists and Orchestra Pamela Frank (violin), NEXUS, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Saarbrücken Symphony Orchestra, Michael Stern, conducting. Review by Victor Carr, Jr. Rituals (2002) is a celebration of percussion as used in various world cultures, and is so different a work from the violin… Read more »

San Francisco Review

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Symphony, Nexus chime in on Takemitsu’s gentle ‘Time’ by Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic Saturday, June 12, 2004 Patrons walking into Davies Symphony Hall for Thursday night’s San Francisco Symphony concert could tell right away that something out of the ordinary was afoot. There were multi-colored ribbons stretching from the stage all the way across… Read more »

Memphis – The Commercial Appeal – Zwilich Premiere

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The Commercial Appeal – Memphis, Tennessee Array of percussion brings magic of the world By Christopher Blank March 7, 2004 The arrival of this season’s world premiere commission by the IRIS Chamber Orchestra was accompanied by one of the more eye-catching stage arrays inrecent memory. The chamber orchestra’s percussion section, on risers at the rear… Read more »

Nexus Percussion Group Earns Ovation – Kalamazoo Michigan

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Friday, November 7, 2003 By Matt Steel Special to the Gazette In the Western world, percussion instruments have lagged behind other instruments of the orchestra and concert stage in achieving true artistic equality. This is not the case in much of the rest of the world. In India, a classically trained percussionist would not think… Read more »

Montreal Symphony – Lanaudiere Festival Review

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ILSE ZADROZNY The Montreal Gazette Sunday, June 29, 2003 Hard to imagine a more auspicious upbeat to the Lanaudiere Festival season than its opening concert yesterday. Many thanks to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, its principal conductor, Jacques Lacombe, and to the five members of the Toronto percussion group Nexus for an outstanding evening. The program… Read more »

Drumtalker CD Reviews

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DRUMTALKER REVIEWS Toronto’s internationally renowned percussion ensemble Nexus has been performing for over thirty years, and their newest CD is another outstanding recording among some twenty others produced since the 1970s. The title, “Drumtalker”, is taken from the second movement of the first piece, The Invisible Proverb by Russell Hartenberger. This delightful story from West… Read more »