UC San Diego's Department of Music

May 13, 2017

  Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick delivered the keynote address at this year's New Music Gathering, an annual get-together for performers, composers and researchers within the contemporary music community. Taking place May 11 through 1 3 at Ohio's Bowling Green State University, this year's New Music Gathering focused on the importance of support and sustainability within the artistic community: the support musicians lend one another in order to foster creativity and establish a safe space for music and its practitioners to continue marching into the future.

"Talk about support," Schick said during his address. "When I first touched a drum as a child in a small Iowa town, I also touched the lives of my musical ancestors- drummers, most of whose names we no longer know, who centuries ago played under the starry skies of West Africa or escorted a funeral march in New Orleans or, like my great grandfather, led a regiment of Mr. Lincoln's army into battle. I also touched the life of the animal that gave its skin, and held in my hand the tree that was felled to make the shell. Percussion was my outward-bound conduit to everywhere and everything."

To read Schick's entire speech, follow this link.

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