UC San Diego's Department of Music

May 18, 2017

  The UC San Diego Department of Music's own percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, led by conductor and Distinguished Professor Steven Schick, delivered a powerful performance on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater as part of the department's Wednesdays@7 concert series. Featuring current graduate percussionists James Beauton, Leah Bowden, Christopher Clarino, Fiona Digney, Sean Dowgray, Ryan Nestor and Daniel King, red fish blue fish gave the world premiere of fellow graduate student Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh's new work Six Legs and an Amphibious State of Mind, a piece performed by six of the fish with electronics by graduate student Johannes Regnier that was described by San Diego Union-Tribune critic Marcus Overton as leaving listeners "suspended in mute wonder."

red fish blue fish's four-piece program also featured Aura by Department of Music alumna Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the solo work Rebonds by Iannis Xenakis as performed by Beauton, and Franco Donatoni's Darkness, which Schick conducted.

The ensemble's performance on May 17 followed a sold-out concert at UC San Diego earlier this year. Of Wednesday's performance, Overton wrote, "This cleanly focused and expertly performed music induces a feeling of having breathed deeply, of having all that is superfluous stripped away. So next time you see these fishes about to play, don't hesitate - jump in the pool." Read the full review here.

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