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

Saturday April 14th, 2018 at 8pm
Culinary Institute of America (Marriott Pavilion)
1946 Campus Drive

North Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, featuring NEXUS performing a percussion concerto version of Bizet’s Carmen Suite by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin for string orchestra and 47 percussion instruments. Special dinner packages are available at the CIA before the concert.
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Ulster Chamber Music Series
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3pm
Redeemer Lutheran Church
104 Wurts St, Kingston, NY 12401

NEXUS will be performing with a number of beautiful instruments, some of which were built just for this concert! They will be playing an exciting variety of music, including works by Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and ragtime great Goerge Hamilton Green.
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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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Keith, Garry, Rob Dillion and a few Interlochen students behind Lou's Tubes

Those were the words given to us by our "high school" orchestra conductor, Thor Johnson, when we were playing a difficult new work by a Japanese composer in the mid-1960s. If you say each word on four beats, fitting the syllables equally in each beat, it helps create a rhythm of 2 + 3 + 4 + 1, which was tricky for a 65-piece orchestra of teenagers to play in unison as required by the score. At the Interlochen Arts Academy, we played a full orchestral concert every Sunday afternoon of standard and contemporary music. It was an amazing experience that I still marvel at 50+ years later. I recently returned to Interlochen in Northern Michigan, where I had spent three years in school from 1964–1967. While the people there now are different and there are many new buildings, the spirit remains. I met many young, passionate students of music who reminded me of my schoolmates back then. Not all of them will pursue professions in the arts but all of them will prosper from the artistic and academic environment in which they are currently immersed.

The reason for my visit was to attend a recital by the percussion instructor Keith Aleo. Keith is an accomplished percussionist, inspirational teacher and, in his free time, an Educational / Orchestral Consultant for the Avedis Zildjian Company. My special interest was to hear the instrument I built for his performance of Lou Harrison’s Solo to Anthony Cirone. Lou Harrison is an inspiration to all percussionists who have played his music or read his writings about music. He often wrote for non-Western instruments and was greatly influenced by the gamelan music of Indonesia. This piece calls for 12 metal pipes, which are tuned using an ancient system. It requires the performer to build or acquire specific notes that are not the same as the scale we know on the piano. I was thrilled with the sound of the instrument, played beautifully by Keith, which I call “Lou’s Tubes.”