UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 10, 2009

  Ross Karre (at left) has been awarded $10,000 from the French American Cultural Exchange to record and perform with his group EnsembleXII at UCSD for 17 days this summer.

Karre's international percussion ensemble has worked with legendary French composer Pierre Boulez since 2004, in recent months on a new piece that will be recorded in the upcoming sessions, which Karre hopes will lead to a CD.

On another percussion front, members of UCSD's resident percussion emsemble Red Fish Blue Fish (including Mr. Karre) had a rare opportunity to take lessons and master classes with renowned German percussionist Christian Dierstein. Thursday this week, the turbo-powered percussionist began working with the Fish in the morning and continued until well after dark in a show of dedication that impressed the UCSD crew.

Following his visit to UCSD, Dierstein headed to Los Angeles for a performance in their Monday Evening Concerts, a showcase for new and experimental music where Steve Schick and Red Fish Blue Fish have performed on many occasions. Dierstein has recorded music by UCSD alumnus Brian Ferneyhough, as well as by Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Elliott Carter, John Cage and other composers whose music is performed and studied at UCSD.

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