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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

A Little Night Music at the Phoenicia Festival of the VoicePhoenicia Festival Of the Voice
A Little Night Music

Thursday, July 30th - 8pm


Festival Stage - Parish Field
Ursula Street, Phoenicia NY

Garry plays tympani in the orchestra during Sondheim's brilliant and bittersweet portrait of romantic longing. Based on Ingmar Bergman’s classic 1955 film, Smiles of a Summer Night, this Broadway musical, A Little Night Music, tells the story of Fredrik Egerman, the widowed middle-aged lawyer happily remarried to eighteen-year-old Anne, now stepmother to Fredrik’s son, Henrik. The only problem is that 11 months into this happy marriage, it remains unconsummated, prompting the somewhat restless Fredrik to drop in to see an old flame, famed actress Desiree Armfeldt. She, in turn, is growing tired of her restless life and is contemplating settling down. She sets her sights on Fredrik, despite his wife and her own married lover, Count Carl-Magnus, and, to advance this intention, persuades her mother to invite the Egermans to her country estate for the weekend. But when Carl-Magnus and his wife Charlotte appear, too, things get ludicrously out of hand until the right lovers are united over the course of the long summer night.

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Of Mice and Men, an opera at the Phoenicia Festival of the VoicePhoenicia Festival Of the Voice
Of Mice and Men

Saturday, August 1st - 8pm


Festival Stage - Parish Field
Ursula Street, Phoenicia NY

Garry plays tympani in the orchestra during this opera by of America’s premier composers, Carlisle Floyd. Based on the John Steinbeck novella set in California during the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is about two displaced migrant ranch workers. The opera follows George Milton, intelligent but uneducated, and Lennie Small, a giant of a man, good-natured but of limited intelligence, as they search for work and dream of owning their own farm some day. Their mutual devotion is constantly challenged by Lenny’s penchant for touching soft things, which, given his imposing physical strength, often ends in disaster, persistently landing the two men in trouble. A boss with a Napoleon complex and his pretty but unhappy, flirtatious wife prove the dramatic undoing of all their dreams.

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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 to a 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, Valerie Naranjo 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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