UC San Diego's Department of Music

May 06, 2014

  UC San Diego percussionist Steven Schick will be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society's Hall of Fame at its International Convention in November. He joins an elite group that ranges from snare drum virtuoso Frank Arsenault (1975) to jazz titan Elvin Jones (1991), new music icon John Cage (1982), composer Lou Harrison, and three Zildjians of cymbal fame. Inducted along with Schick this year are Glen Velez, a master of frame drums, and Art Blakey, best known as the leader of the Jazz Messengers.

As he celebrates his 60th birthday year, Schick's impact to date includes seminal recordings of music by Iannis Xenakis, Kaija Saariaho and John Luther Adams, along with his book The Percussionist's Art. He is Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, conductor of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, and Music Director for the 2015 Ojai Festival.

Current projects include Renga, his collaboration with San Diego Symphony violinist Kate Hatmaker, working with a changing cast of top-notch musicians. Renga recorded the CD of UCSD composer Lei Liang's Verge in 2012 and will perform for the Department of Music's Palimpsest-Weds@7 concert on May 28 at 7 at Conrad Prebys Music Center. Renga will be featured at the Ojai Festival in 2015.

At UCSD, Schick has mentored dozens of percussionists as members of the red fish blue fish, the percussion ensemble that he directs and performs with. The announcement of his Hall of Fame induction brought congratulatory emails from past and present fish including Ross Karre ("Woo!"), Terry Longshore ("You deserve this so much!"), Justin Dehart ("It's about time!"), Fabio Oliveira ("Fantastic!!!!!!!"), Vanessa Tomlinson ("Awesome news and so deserved"), Gustavo Aguilar ("Well-deserved, Steve. This is wonderful news"), Eric Derr ("Yay!!!! Congratulations, Steve"), and Mathias Reumert ("Beauty!!!!! I am very happy for you").

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