Garry Kvistad
Founder and Owner of Woodstock Chimes

Percussion Rochester - May 2012
Garry and NEXUS in Toronto - October 2011
Drum Boogie Festival - September 2011
Garry and NEXUS in Japan - October 2010
Garry and NEXUS at Bard College - October 2009
Drum Boogie Festival - September 2009
Garry and NEXUS at Bard College - October 2007
Garry and Steve Reich - June 1990



Percussion Rochester - May 2012

NEXUS member Bill Cahn helped create Percussion Rochester, a biennial festival to celebrate new music, living musicians and new ideas. A focus on percussion was determined not only by Cahn's profession, but also by percussion's universal appeal and use across musical genres and cultures. This first event includes an eclectic mix of music, including classical, jazz, Latin, pop and world music.

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NEXUS performs at the University of Toronto - October 2011

No pictures of the performance, but here are pictures of a NEXUS rehearsal. Garry and the gang all have their spots, surrounded by a myriad of percussion instruments, all of which will be played during the performance. This was rehearsal for an Oct 17, 2011 concert at the University of Toronto. All photographs are by Lorraine Dillard.

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Drum Boogie Festival - September 2011

Garry is the Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival. The festival is a free all-day event held at Cornell Park in Kingston NY. This comfortable outdoor setting was chosen for many reasons including the natural amphitheater acoustics on a multi-tiered hillside overlooking the river. Garry, spurred on by New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, created this multi-cultural festival that celebrates the diverse styles of world percussion. Realizing that it would be impossible to be all inclusive in a one day festival, Garry selected performers to represent world drumming in many distinct forms: jazz, modern, rudimental, rock, ragtime, caribbean steel pan, East Indian, African, tap and Native American. It's a great family event and it raises money for charity, as well.

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Garry and NEXUS in Japan - October 2010

Garry and NEXUS traveled to Hyogo, Japan to perform From me flows what you call Time by the late Toru Takemitsu. Takemitsu wrote the piece in 1990 when he was commissioned to compose a concerto for NEXUS and the Boston Symphony Orchestra as part of Carnegie Hall's centennial celebration. Takemitsu, in turn, commissioned Garry to create two custom sets of Woodstock Chimes to be used in the piece. Garry later joined NEXUS when founding member John Weir passed away.

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Garry and NEXUS at Bard College - October 2009

In late October, 2009, Garry and NEXUS performed at The Fischer Performing Arts Center, Bard College. The occasion was a celebration of John Cage's birthday and the program was all John Cage music. The musicians all dressed in typical John Cage attire (jeans and a jeans jacket), and at the end they took their bow wearing John Cage masks. We have pictures of two rehearsals as well as the actual performance.

Garry and NEXUS, rehearsing in Garry’s Studio

Garry and NEXUS, rehearsing in the Fischer Performing Arts Center at Bard College

Garry and NEXUS, performing in the Fischer Performing Arts Center at Bard College

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Drum Boogie Festival - September 2009

Garry is the Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival. The festival is a free all-day event held at Cornell Park in Kingston NY. This comfortable outdoor setting was chosen for many reasons including the natural amphitheater acoustics on a multi-tiered hillside overlooking the river. Garry, spurred on by New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, created this multi-cultural festival that celebrates the diverse styles of world percussion. Realizing that it would be impossible to be all inclusive in a one day festival, Garry selected performers to represent world drumming in many distinct forms: jazz, modern, rudimental, rock, ragtime, caribbean steel pan, East Indian, African, tap and Native American. It's a great family event!

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Garry and NEXUS at Bard College - October 2007

Dance Music Elfrid Ide

Lecture on the Weather

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Garry performs with Steve Reich

Garry won a Grammy Award for his performance with Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. This picture was taken at the JVC Jazz Festival in 1990. That's Garry standing at the marimba, directly behind the celloist.

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