UC San Diego's Department of Music

December 22, 2006

  red fish blue fish, U.C. San Diego's resident percussion ensemble, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a concert of contemporary percussion music on Nov. 18 in the university's Mandeville Auditorium. The concert and a reception also honored the release of the ensemble's much-anticipated 3˜D recording of the percussion works of Iannis Xenakis. The concert featured pieces by composers whose work has been at the heart of the ensemble's repertoire. The program included John Cage's "Six;" Xenakis's "Persephassa;" James Tenney's "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion" and "Three Pieces for Drum Quartet;" as well as pieces by UCSD composers Charlie Wilmoth and Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri. Performing in the group with founder Steven Schick were graduate percussion students Rob Esler, Justin DeHart, Matt Jenkins, Ross Karre, Fabio Oliveira, and Greg Stuart - all of whom are building significant careers of their own. At UCSD, Schick, who knew and collaborated with Xenakis, has employed red fish blue fish, with its changing lineup of university graduate percussionists, as the recording ensemble for the new Xenakis compilation, a 24-bit audiophile recording released on Mode Records in December.

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