Nexus and Sō Percussion are so excited to join together to make a historical video recording of Steve Reich's Drumming. It is such a rare opportunity to gather up two of the world's best percussion groups to celebrate Drumming turning 50 years old. This fabulous team includes Nexus, Sō, Yumi Tamashiro, Daisy Press, Beth Meyers, and Alex Sopp. We are asking you to join us in this historical event by contributing what you can to make this project come to life! We need money to cover the cost of making the video recording (video, audio, and record label production).
As some of you might know, Russell Hartenberger and Bob Becker are both original members in Steve Reich and Musicians--a group which Reich himself performed in, premiered the majority of the Reich repertoire, and toured the world together for decades. Russell and Bob learned Drumming directly from Reich and for us who have heard them in concerts, we can attest to that fact that they have perfected the art of phasing! The earlier renditions of Drumming were mostly taught by rote; Russell and Bob were among the most important figures for establishing the piece as a part of the percussion repertoire and have carried the torch of imparting wisdom on this work in the past five decades.
NEXUS, a Canadian cultural icon, is Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger, and Gary Kvistad. Described by the New York Times as the "high priests of percussion", NEXUS is "widely recognized as one of the most influential percussion ensembles to have emerged in the post-war period".
With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble.
Together, this world-class line up is going to make history and we invite you to be part of this history making project. Your donation is what makes this possible.
Risks and challenges
We have already filmed the project and editing is under way. We have the commitment from Cantaloupe Records to release the album as part of a larger recording project; this is of course wonderful, but the actual cost of production is not covered by the agreement.
We are slightly worried that no one will own DVD players by the time this DVD is ready to be released so we are also looking at other formats of release to make sure that people are able to view the recording when it hits the market.
Since this project involves 12 players, video team, and audio team, the cost of making this recording is higher than just making an audio recording. We are hoping that we can raise enough money to cover costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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