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Anthony Kerr in Rags to Ritzes

We recently went to see  one of our very first players, Anthony Kerr, in an Irving Berlin extravaganza, Rags to Ritzes. The photo shows him at the Symphony Hall Birmingham during the interval. Anthony was a guinea pig for the first Xylosynth marks.  He bought a MkIV in 1998, had an upgrade in 2004 and bought a MkVI in 2007.  It’s was a fantastic night in Birmingham and we’re very proud that he is using his Xylosynth to such great effect and thank-you Anthony for all your help over the years!

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Calliope Musicals

1017129_10152124654682622_820278141_nCraig Finkelstein (4 Octave Stained Birch) of Calliope Musicals has just informed me that they won the Waka Winter Classic in Austin so they will be performing at the Wakarusa Festival in June. Sounds crazy enough to get a mention! Check them out on www.calliopemusicals.com and well done.

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Björk’s Xylosynth gets the Hairdryer treatment

IMG_1316During the Biophilia tour outdoor performance in Chicago the heavens opened and everyone ran for cover, leaving all the instruments on stage. The Xylosynth, according to Peter van der Velde (production manager)  “took in a lot of water……”  so he called Wernick for advice. They were shipping all their equipment to Japan the next day and had no time to let the instrument dry out before packing. Wernick’s kindly lent their demo instrument to be flown out to Japan just in case.  However it never came out of the box as Lucy Ockenden, following our advice, dried out all the components with hairdryers from the hotel. We knew the Xylosynth would never let them down!

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Calliope Musicals

Anyone wanting to check out the Xylosynth and see a great gig at the same time here’s a link to Calliope Musicals ‘Clouds on Fire Tour’ – http://calliopemusicalsshows.tumblr.com/ I know we have a couple of players already going to Pianos, New York on Friday 15th November to check out Craig Finkelstein’s newly purchased 4 Octave Xylosynth. See you there (I wish)!

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RNCM Day of Percussion 20th October 2013

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Making inroads in Manchester. The news that Bondax now have a Xylosynth went down well with the students!

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PASIC 2013 Nov 13-16 Indianapolis Indiana

Check out our good friend and Xylosynth player Joby Burgess at PASIC this year.

Joby Burgess’ Powerplant
Electronic/Technology – Daytime Showcase Concert
Powerplant with Joby Burgess
Friday, November 15
4:00-4:50pm

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RNCM Day of Percussion

We will be attending The Royal Northern College of Music Day of Percussion on 20th October 2013. We will have a couple of Xylosynths there and look forward to talking to any interested musicians. See you there!

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DCI Championships

We would like to wish all the Drum Corps using a Xylosynth the best of luck in this weekends Championships. They include the Blue Devils, The Cadets, Carolina Crown and the Bluecoats.

http://www.dci.org/schedule/

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Mallet X

Live at Vortex Jazz Club London July 31st 8.30pm

Two forward looking tuned percussionists – Orphy Robinson & Anthony Kerr – embracing new cutting edge technologies using Xylosynths, the newest innovation in tuned percussion, to create spontaneous original soundscapes and compositions.

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Powerplant perform their new album – 24 Lies Per Second on Saturday 15 June 2013

24 Lies per secondOn Saturday 15 June Powerplant perform the new album – 24 Lies Per Second – complete and live, at Bishopsgate Institute as part of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in East London. Inspired by ex-presidents, Austrian film-maker Michael Haneke and the Amen Break the show features new music by British composers Graham Fitkin, Max de Wardener, Dominic Murcott and Matthew Fairclough, alongside early works by American pioneers Conlon Nancarrow and Steve Reich. With sound design by Matthew Fairclough and visuals by Kathy Hinde, plus a selection of voyages from Gabriel Prokofiev’s Import/Export – suite for global junk, we hope you can join us. More details and tickets here. Facebook users can join here tickets from £5 upwards.

New Album - 24 Lies Per Second

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