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Steven Schick, new music/percussion


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Free, no tickets required

SFCM welcomes San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Artistic Director and percussionist Steven Schick.

SFCM’s Master Class series invites renowned performers and conductors to share insights with Conservatory students about technique, style and the business – sprinkled with backstage tales – all before a live audience. We invite you to observe SFCMP Artistic Director and percussionist, Steven Schick in a new music and percussion master class.


Béla Bartók, Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion (1937)
Syon Kim, Piano 1
Xin Zhao, Piano 2
Noah McKee, Percussion
John Jaworski, Timpani

Christopher Deane, Mourning Dove Sonnet (1983)
John Jaworski, vibraphone

David Lang, Unchained Melody (2004)
Noah McKee, percussion solo: 7 glockenspiel notes, 7 noises, 1 brake drum or other nasty metal

Steven Schick, Percussionist, conductor, and author, for forty years has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty 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”.  Currently he is Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in addition to serving as SFCMP’s Artistic Director. In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). 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. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including appearances in this season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Nova Chamber Ensemble and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Schick will be music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. 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).  Mode released a companion recording on DVD of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in September of 2014. Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego and he was named Artistic Director of SFCMP in 2011.