2012-02-23 / Dining & Entertainment

Percussion ensemble brings the beat to CLU


COOL DUDES—The NEXUS percussion ensemble will present a free concert at California Lutheran University on Fri., March 2. The group created the score for the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Man Who Skied Down Everest.” COOL DUDES—The NEXUS percussion ensemble will present a free concert at California Lutheran University on Fri., March 2. The group created the score for the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Man Who Skied Down Everest.” The NEXUS percussion ensemble will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Fri., March 2 in Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the California Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks.

The ensemble members, Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger and Garry Kvistad, have collaborated for more than four decades. They create music out of just about anything, including Swiss cowbells, Chinese drums, Tibetan prayer bowls, Middle Eastern hand drums and Southeast Asian water buffalo bells.

The four percussionists have amassed a repertoire that includes military music, novelty ragtime of the 1920s, rhythms of Africa and compositions by some of the world’s leading composers.

Japanese master Toru Takemitsu composed one of their signature pieces, “ From Me Flows What You Call Time.” This work, written with each NEXUS member’s personality in mind, premiered at Carnegie Hall’s centennial celebration in 1990 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005, Pulitzer Prizewinning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich composed “Rituals” for NEXUS and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra.

NEXUS created the musical score for the National Film Board’s award-winning documentary “Inside Time.”

The group also created the score for the Academy Awardwinning documentary “The Man Who Skied Down Everest.”

For more information, call Melissa Maxwell- Doherty at (805) 493-3228.

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