My Awarded Projects
Branches: So Percussion performances and residency at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
“NYC experimental powerhouse” So Percussion spends a year in residence at the Fisher Center for new music creation, education, & performanceCreated By: Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Woodstock Chimes FundShokan, NY
GARRY KVISTAD is the founder and CEO of Woodstock Percussion, Inc., makers and distributors of Woodstock Chimes® and musical instruments for children sold worldwide. As a professional musician, Garry has been performing and recording with the ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians since 1980. Garry is one of 18 musicians to win a Grammy award for the 1998 recording of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. He tours and records as a member of NEXUS, the internationally-renown, Canadian-based chamber music ensemble. Garry attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and earned his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received an MM from Northern Illinois University where, in 1993, he was honored with its Distinguished Alumni Award. In the 1970s, Garry worked with composer/ conductor Lucas Foss as a Creative Associate in Buffalo, New York, after which he joined the faculties of Northern Illinois University and the University Of Cincinnati College Conservatory Of Music with the Blackearth Percussion Group. Kvistad has served as the timpanist and percussionist with the Chicago Grant Park Symphony, was a summer Tanglewood Fellow and a percussionist with the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra, California. The Balinese Gong Kebyar Gamelan ensemble, Giri Mekar, which he formed in 1987, is in residence at Bard College where Garry currently serves on the Faculty of the Conservatory of Music. Garry served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY (board member for 20 years) where a building was named in his honor in 2008. In 2010, Garry was presented with the inaugural ICON Honors Achievement Award from the Atlanta Gift Mart. Garry is on the advisory board of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and the creator/Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival which was held in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
Gifts That Sound Great
Woodstock Percussion, Inc.
167 DuBois Road, Shokan NY 12481-5124
Drum Boogie Festival