Friday, November 19 7:30pm
Liberty Station – San Diego Dance Theater
$20/$10 students at the door
2650 Truxton Rd 2nd floor San Diego 92106
“To call Steven Schick one of the great percussion virtuosos of our time is accurate as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough … Schick is also an actor, mime, storyteller and all-around spellbinder – albeit a low-key one – on stage.—Joshua Kosman, SFGate
Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. Schick is music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including recent appearances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Among his acclaimed publications include 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) and a companion recording of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2014 (Mode). Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego.
It’s fitting that Schick is the final artist for the Fresh Sound Music Series. He has performed, directed, and collaborated here many times, including his solo performance at the inaugural concert of the series in 1997, he also performed Boom Crash Whack Wham with Vanessa Tomlinson in the same year. In 2010, Schick performed a percussion solo of John Luther Adams’ “Mathematics of Resonant Bodies.” In 2015, he directed red fish blue fish with Carlota Careers, Christopher Clarion, Dustin Donahue, Fiona Digney, Leah Bowden, and Ryan Nestor performing. In 2017, Shick and Vanessa Tomlinson performed at the 20th anniversary of Fresh Sound. In 2018 Schick, along with Duncan Moore curated Fresh Sound’s Percussion Lovefest. He bookends the inaugural concert with Fresh Sound’s final concert in 2021 where he will perform works by Frederic Rzewski (“To the Earth,” 1985); Vinko Globokar (“Toucher,” 1972); Erik Griswold (“One Liners,” 2019, US Premiere) and Roger Reynolds (“Here and There,” 2019).