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Steve Schick: The First Percussion Solo, April 7, 2014

The first percussion solo: entering a world of new sounds

Steve Schick–renowned percussionist, conductor and professor of percussion at UCSD–will talk about John Cage’s 27’10.554″ in the context of an emerging sound world for percussion soloists.

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Schick currently holds positions as Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In addition to giving this talk, he was in Minneapolis as guest conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Born in Iowa and raised in a farming family, for thirty-five years Steven Schick has championed contemporary music by commissioning and premiering more than one 150 new works. He was the founding percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars (1992-2002) and served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève (2000-2005). Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group “red fish blue fish.” In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). He will be Music Director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. Schick founded and is currently Artistic Director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” a summer course on contemporary percussion music held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Among his acclaimed publications are a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music, including a 3-CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode). Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.

This talk occurred April 7, 2014, at 3:30pm, in 95 Ferguson Hall, 2106 S 4th St.


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  1. Deborah NellSeptember 21, 2015 at 11:59 amReply

    Good morning, I work with UC San Diego’s Creative Services & Publications and would like to use this photograph in an annual report. I have found it in a resolution of 864 px x 691 px, 1.7 MB. Is that the highest resolution you have?

    Deborah Nell

    • Aaron Victorin-VangerudSeptember 21, 2015 at 12:58 pmReplyAuthor

      Yes, this is the highest resolution I found in our database. I also did an image search without finding anything bigger.

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