Posts Tagged: percussion

Coming Up! Texas and New York!

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The NEXUS members never sit still. Even a winter “respite” has taken Russell to the Sacher music archive and its Steve Reich Collection in Basel, Switzerland; Bob’s heading out on U.S. tour dates; Garry is heading to warmer climes to the south. Bill and Ray are hardier types enjoying brisk temperatures and a multitude of… Read more »

The (Art?) of Hanging Gongs

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Further to emailed inquiries on the subjects of percussion performance and instruments, one recent inquiry was seeking advice about support structures for gongs. This topic is right up my alley. I’ve always had a fascination with pitched gongs and unpitched tam-tams, probably inspired by John Wyre, a colleague in NEXUS until his passing in 2006…. Read more »

“On the Road Again” with NEXUS

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NEXUS has always been a groundbreaking ensemble and Saturday night, June 4th was no exception. We had the honor of being the first percussion group to play at the 35-year-old Rockport Chamber Music Festival in the spectacular Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts. One feels like a 3-D component of a Norman Rockwell painting… Read more »

My TEDx Talk

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On April 9, I had the tremendous pleasure of speaking to an audience of 800 attendees of the TEDx Makers conference at Monmouth University in New Jersey. It was an honor to be among 30 “Makers” chosen to talk about what we had created. In my case, I talked about the quest to hear ancient… Read more »

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    

ROCHESTER’S CLASSIC PERCUSSION – Part 1

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Eastman Theatre Orchestra - ca. 1923

A Short History of the Percussion Section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra – 1922 to 1995 By William L. Cahn This article was originally published in “Percussive Notes” magazine, Vol.30, No. 8, June, 1992.  New opportunities for NEXUS, including a new major work for NEXUS by Toru Takemitsu, “From me flows what you call Time,”… Read more »

Teaching Total Percussion

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(Stressing The Fundamentals : Getting a Good Sound with a Relaxed Technique) Presented by Bill Cahn – member of NEXUS Time: 60 minutes Requirements: bass drum on a cradle, xylophone, glockenspiel, 2 tables, 4 music stands Fundamental Principles for Selection and Setup of Percussion Instruments: 1. Have a variety of instruments to increase musical options;… Read more »

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