Meet the Chimemaker
Meet Garry Kvistad, founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes and a professional musician.
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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Garry's Tour Schedule
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.
Percussion Institute, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Monday, June 17th, 2019
4000 Highway M-137, Interlochen, MI 49643
Garry will be on the percussion faculty of the Percussion Institute at the Interlochen Center for the Arts from June 15th -19th, 2019. On June 17th Garry will be giving two workshops during the day and he will be part of the faculty concert that evening.
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 8:00 - 11:00pm
Saint Ursula Dr., Phoenicia, NY, 12464
Garry and his brother Rick Kvistad will be performing at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 from 8:00- 11:00pm. Garry will be playing the timpani and Rick will be playing percussion in the orchestra for The Elixir of Love, Opera in Two Acts by Donizetti.
More information available at phoeniciavoicefest.org
Drum Boogie Festival
Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 5:00pm
Andy Lee Field, Woodstock, NY, 12498
Garry, as a member of NEXUS, will perform Steve Reich’s Drumming with So Percussion and others at the Drum Boogie Festival. The festival runs from 11 AM – 8 PM on that day.
Full festival details at drumboogiefestival.com
Rochester Fringe Festival
Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 8:00pm
26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604
Garry, as a member of NEXUS, will perform at the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 8 PM. The 60 to 90-minute concert - titled, "NEXUS and Friends" will be entirely improvised without intermission.
More information available at rochesterfringe.com
Music On Market
Thursday, September 19th at 7:30pm
Saint John’s Episcopal Church
40 Market Street, Ellenville, NY 12428
Garry, as a member of NEXUS, will performing NEXUS repertoire consisting of Ragtime music, improvisation and music of Steve Reich on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 7:30pm.
Maverick Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, August 24th, 2019 At 6:00pm
Maverick Concert Hall
120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Garry will be playing percussion with Bill Cahn and the Maverick Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Platt. Mahler, arr. Schoenberg: The Song of the Earth on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 6 PM.
More information available at maverickconcerts.org
Garry posts wonderful stories about music, performing, his passions and occasionally about his family. Everyone loves when he shows off one of the "toys" in his vast collection of musical instruments.
Garry's Latest Blog Post: Confession of a Percussionist
Long ago I knew that music would be my future. I knew then that percussion specifically would be my passion. This all started in the fourth grade when I joined the school band.
Through the years I’ve come to realize that percussion is underappreciated and often misunderstood. On my drive home from work recently, I listened to a recording on the radio of Eric Ewazen’s Grand Canyon Octet for brass instruments. It made me remember the wonderful piece that Eric wrote for the group I play with, NEXUS. His piece for NEXUS with wind ensemble is called The Eternal Dance of Life. The version for NEXUS solo is called Soliloquy and Rondo (from The Eternal Dance of Life). The chances of hearing that piece on the radio are 0%. That’s because it was never commercially recorded. There is little commercial value for so much great music, which is quite unfortunate.
My confession is that I have always been frustrated that string and brass music has held a higher level of acceptance in the West. One reason is that in Western music, there is a tremendously large and rich repertoire for string and brass music, whereas percussion is a fairly recent addition to that genre. The irony here is that percussion music throughout the world is quite dominant and ancient.
My frustration is being quelled through the emergence of amazing percussionists, percussion groups and a developing repertoire of beautiful music of many styles. In Western music, composers like Milhaud, Varèse, Strang, Cowell, Cage, Harrison, Partch, Colgrass and Reich added to the repertoire beginning in the 1920s.
One way I try to raise the profile of percussion as an art form is by producing a major, daylong festival called the Drum Boogie Festival, now in its tenth year. The next one takes place Saturday, September 7, in Woodstock, New York, and is free to the public. This year’s festival will feature Paul Winter, Jack DeJohnette, NEXUS, So Percussion, and many more world-class percussionists and other performers. Check it out at www.drumboogiefestval.com.
Appreciation for percussion has grown since my early days in school, and I hope that in my small way, through my work as a professional musician and Executive Producer of the Drum Boogie Festival, I have contributed to the rise in stature and popularity that it so richly deserves.