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Garry Kvistad joined the internationally-acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS in the Fall of 2002 when John Wyre, one of the group's original members, retired. He has been performing and recording with NEXUS co-founders Bob Becker and Russell Hartenberger since joining Steve Reich & Musicians in 1980. Garry is one of 18 musicians to win a Grammy award for the 1998 recording of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians.

Upcoming Performances

Young Person's Concert at Maverick HallA Young People's Concert

Saturday, June 27th - 11am

Maverick Concert Hall
120 Maverick Road, Woodstock NY

Photo by Angela P. Schapiro

These wonderful concerts, long a Maverick tradition, are designed for enjoyment by school-age children.
NEXUS will be performing with drums, gongs, marimbas and other crazy instruments.
A good time is guaranteed for all.

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Admission is FREE for all young people under 16; adults pay $5 each.

Sepideh Raissadat and NEXUSCelebrating 100 Years of Music in the Woods - An Evening with NEXUS

Saturday, June 27th - 8pm

Maverick Concert Hall
120 Maverick Road, Woodstock NY


NEXUS will perform:

  • Percussion Sonata No. 3, "Maverick" by Peter Schickele (2015 - World Premiere)
    - Commissioned by Garry and Diane Kvistad and the Woodstock Chimes Fund for the Centenary of the Maverick Concerts.
  • "Sky Ghost" by Russell Hartengerger
    - With guest singers Amy Fradon and Kirsti Gholson
  • Ragtime xylophone music by George Hamilton Green
  • A suite of Persian Songs by Reza Ghassemi, arranged by Russell Hartenberger
    - Featuring Sepideh Raissadat, and Iranian singer and instrumentalist.
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Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival - NEXUS Percussion along with Sepideh RaissadatOttawa International Chamber Music Festival

Monday, August 3rd - 7pm

Dominion-Chalmers United Church
355 Cooper Street, Otttawa, Ontario, Canada

The “high priests of the percussion world” (New York Times) join renowned Iranian vocalist and setar player, Sepideh Raissadat, for a program that includes:

  • Russell Hartenberger’s eccentric Moondog Suite
  • Reza Ghassemi’s striking Persian Songs
  • The Canadian premiere of Peter Schickele’s Percussion Sonata No. 3 (“Maverick”)


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Drum Boogie Festival Sept 12, 2015Drum Boogie Festival

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 11am-8pm
(rain date Sept 13)

Andy Lee Field
Rock City Road, Woodstock NY

The Drum Boogie Festival is a FREE, one-day music festival which is family-oriented and multi-cultural, celebrating the diverse styles of music, dance and voice from around the world. The festival brings together world-class talent while introducing the audience toa variety of styles involving percussion such as: Jazz, Rock, Classical, African, Balinese, Reggae, Steel Pan and more.

Folks who will be performing this year include Jack DeJohnette, NEXUS, NYU Steel Band, Jerry Marotta and the Big Takeover Reggae Band, to name a few.

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Garry Kvistad Founder and Owner of Woodstock Chimes

Meet the Chimemaker: Garry Kvistad

Founder and Owner of Woodstock Chimes
Garry Kvistad earned a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music from Northern Illinois University, where he studied music, art and physics in the pursuit of building musical instruments.

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