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Encyclopedia > Nexus (percussion ensemble)

Nexus is a Toronto-based percussion ensemble made up of percussionists Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Robin Engleman, Russell Hartenberger, and Garry Kvistad. The group formed in 1971 with a concert of entirely improvised music. Nexus primarily performs contemporary classical music, though the group also performs world music and 1920s xylophone rags. }|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Official Flag]]|Coat Image=[[Image:{{{Coat Image}}}|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Coat of Arms]]}} {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Diversity Our Strength {{Canadian City/Location Image is:{{{Location Image Type}}}|[[Image:{{{Location Image}}}|thumbnail|250px|City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Location. ... A percussion ensemble is a musical ensemble consisting of only percussion instruments. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Improvisation is the act of making something up as you go along. ... In the broadest sense, contemporary music is any music being written in the present day. ... Classical music is music considered classical, as sophisticated and refined, in a regional tradition. ... World music is a term that covers all music that is not part of mainstream popular music or classical music and has some kind of ethnic component. ... Sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or primarily in North America as the Roaring Twenties. Events and trends Technology John T. Thompson invents Thompson submachine gun, also known as Tommy gun John Logie Baird invents the first working television system (1925) Charles Lindbergh becomes the first person to fly... Xylophone in Bali 1937 The xylophone is a musical instrument in the percussion family which probably originated in Indonesia (Nettl 1956, p. ... Ragtime is an American musical genre, enjoying its peak popularity around the years 1900–1918. ...


In 1990, Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu wrote a concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra entitled From me flows what you call time for the group. 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Tōru Takemitsu (武満 徹 Takemitsu Tōru, October 8, 1930 - February 20, 1996) was a Japanese composer of music, who explored the compositional principles of Western classical music and his native Japanese tradition both in isolation and in combination. ... Origin Etymology Concerto (pl. ... Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ...


In addition to their regular concerts, the group also gives masterclasses and educational performances. A class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline--most usually music, but also painting, drama, or any of the arts. ...


Several members of Nexus are on faculty at the Univeristy of Toronto's Faculty of Music. The University of Toronto (U of T), in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest university in Canada with more than 60,000 students across three campuses. ...


External links

  • Official website (http://www.nexuspercussion.com/)

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Nexus (percussion ensemble) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (150 words)
Nexus is a Toronto-based percussion ensemble made up of percussionists Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Robin Engleman, Russell Hartenberger, and Garry Kvistad.
Nexus primarily performs contemporary classical music, though the group also performs world music and 1920s xylophone rags.
Several members of Nexus are on faculty at the Univeristy of Toronto's Faculty of Music.
Nexus (483 words)
Toronto-based percussion ensemble formed in 1971 by the US-born musicians Robert Becker, William Cahn, Michael Craden, Robin Engelman, Russell Hartenberger, and John Wyre.
Nexus has developed its repertoire to accommodate performances with small orchestra, symphony orchestra in both classical and pop concerts, with band, wind or chamber ensembles, as well as solo programs.
Nexus made its first appearqnce with the TS in 1978, when it premiered Wyre's Connexus, and it performed the same work at its debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1984 (both were conducted by Andrew Davis).
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