Garry Kvistad

Garry Kvistad


"Good Vibrations (A Life of Harmony)."

In his talk (or performance, if you will), Garry will show how he began building percussion instruments 40 years ago from found objects. The scales of ancient musicians will be demonstrated through custom instruments, some of which became the core products of the internationally respected business he created in 1979, Woodstock Chimes.

Excerpts of contemporary works of established composers will be played on instruments using centuries-old tuning systems.


GARRY KVISTAD, founder and CEO of Woodstock Chimes®, has been a member of Steve Reich and Musicians since 1979 and is one of eighteen to win a Grammy award for the recording of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. He has been a member of the acclaimed NEXUS percussion group since 2002. He has performed with both groups as soloists with preeminent orchestras throughout the world. Garry earned his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory and MM from Northern Illinois University. Formerly on the faculties of Northern Illinois University and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory as a member of the Blackearth Percussion Group, he is currently on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory.