UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 10, 2015

  red fish blue fish, UC San Diego's acclaimed percussion ensemble, will perform Michael Gordon's Timber at the group's Winter 2015 concert, Feb. 11 at 7 pm at Conrad Prebys Music Center on campus.

Timber brings together six fish, 12 mallets, and six 2x4s of varying lengths deployed as percussion instruments that produce surprisingly melodic sounds.

Percussionist, conductor and red fish blue fish director Steven Schick's artistic relationship with Gordon dates back to 1992 when Gordon and fellow Bang on a Can All-Stars founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe hired Schick as the Stars' first percussionist.

red fish blue fish is immersed in Timber. They performed it at Fresh Sound last month and will play it again in June at the Ojai Festival, where Schick is this year's music director. For the UCSD performance, the fish will consist of Schick, Christopher Clarino, Dustin Donahue, Fiona Digney, Leah Bowden, and Ryan Nestor.

Timber was premiered in concert by Slagwerk Den Haag in the Netherlands in 2011. Slagwerk's CD of the piece was released the same year. The percussion instrument of wood bars that is utilized for this piece is called simantra and dates back in basic form to at least the sixth century when it was used in religious ceremonies in Egypt and Palestine. Greek composer Iannis Xenakis composed his 1969 Persephassa for a type of simantra, and the work was recorded by Schick and red fish blue fish for their definitive 3 CD set of Xenakis's percussion music.

red fish blue fish's Feb. 11 Timber concert is part of the Department of Music's Wednesdays@7 series which continues Feb. 18 at 7 pm with UCSD pianist and faculty member Aleck Karis, joined by cellist Michael Nicolas.

To see a short video about red fish blue fish, click here.

$15.50 general, $10.50 UCSD faculty-staff-alumni-Friends of Music
FREE for students one hour before concert with ID.
Buy tickets online, click here.
Box Office: (858) 534-3448
Tickets also available at the door

Photo of Jonathan Hepfer and Dustin Donahue by Erik Jepsen

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