UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 11, 2013

  red fish blue fish, UC San Diego Department of Music's renowned percussion ensemble, mesmerized the Mandeville Auditorium crowd on February 7 with a rare performance of Grisey's Le Noir de l'Etoile. Six percussionists surrounded the audience at six stations, each equipped with NASA-worthy arrays of equipment. Inspired by the discovery in the 1960s of a pulsar--a long-ago-expired star that emits radio waves detected on earth--Grisey composed the piece for his son. Ethereal pre-recorded sounds accompanied the live performance to create a cosmic experience. Following the concert's explosive finale, the audience departed in an altered state, looking as if they had been to outer space and back. red fish blue fish is Leah Bowden, Eric Derr, Dustin Donahue, Jonathan Hepfer, Ryan Nestor, and Stephen Solook. (Photo: Kevin Tran)

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