Meet the Chimemaker

Meet the Chimemaker:
Garry Kvistad

Founder and Owner of Woodstock Chimes Garry Kvistad earned 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 Sonic Mixes

Many of our customers ask which Woodstock Chime they should add to their collection. To help, Garry put together this list of chime combinations that have connections musically, culturally or historically.

Which chimes sound good together?


Garry’s Tour Schedule

Garry is a member of the internationally-acclaimed percussion ensemble NEXUS.

Upcoming Performances

Drum Boogie Festival
Saturday, September 7th, 2019 At 5:00pm
Andy Lee Field, Woodstock, NY, 12498
Full festival details at drumboogiefestival.com.

Rochester Fringe Festival
Saturday, September 14th, 2019 At 8:00pm
26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604
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 1242

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's Blog

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.

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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.

GARRY'S PHOTO GALLERY