Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113
$15.00 and $10.00 students
Aiyun Huang and Eric Derr
Percussionists Aiyun Huang (Montreal) and Eric Derr (Philadelphia) join forces on the Fresh Sound Music series to present exciting new ideas and pieces stemming from their unique approaches to their instrument. Aiyun will be playing a theatrical program featuring "Cooking with Aiyun" by Canadian composer Peter Hatch. This piece combines Aiyun's two passions of music and cooking, inspired by lives of Gertrude Stein and Julia Child. Aiyun holds a DMA degree from the UC San Diego, studying with Schick, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Eric will perform new compositions for drum set. From the swirling marbles of Carolyn Chen's "Great Birnam Wood" to relentless intensity of Patrick Hart's "700 Club", Eric is exploring new directions with the instrument that got him into music in the first place. Derr is a percussionist, new music advocate and passionate educator living in Philadelphia. He holds a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from UC San Diego, where he studied closely with Steven Schick.
The ever-evolving Aiyun Huang enjoys a musical life as soloist, chamber musician, researcher, teacher and producer. She was the First Prize and the Audience Award winner at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2002. She is a founding member of Canadian trio Toca Loca with pianists Gregory Oh and Simon Docking. Since 2011, she has been performing with Musicians from soundSCAPE with soprano Tony Arnolds and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz. Aiyun has commissioned and championed over 100 works in the last two decades working with composers internationally.
She is a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology in Montreal. In 2012, Mode Records released Save Percussion Theater featuring Aiyun Huang and friends documenting important theatrical works in the percussion repertoire. Aiyun's research focuses on the cross-pollination between science and music from the performer's perspective.
Born in Kaohsiung, a southern city of Taiwan, Aiyun holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Her teachers included Steven Schick, Russell Hartenberger, Gaston Sylvestre, Robin Engelman, Bob Becker, and Francois Bedel. Between 2004 and 2006, she was a Faculty Fellow at UCSD. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Percussion at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She regularly teaches and performs in summer festivals including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, soundSCAPE Festival in the Italian Alps, and Roots and Rhizomes at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Eric Derr is a percussionist, new music advocate, and passionate educator living in Philadelphia. He is committed to commissioning and presenting new, vibrant, sustainable works for percussion as well as revisiting classic pieces with focus and intensity. Noting his energetic performances, ClevelandClassical.com said that he "was in the driver's seat right out of the gate" and the L.A. Times mentioned that "there is more than a little joy to be found in one percussionist hitting a ball in the air with a ping pong paddle."
As a member of the percussion group red fish blue fish, Eric has performed in concerts at the LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series, Monday Evening Concerts and LACMA's Art & Music Series (Los Angeles), Miller Theatre and the Tune-In Festival (New York City), Sweet Thunder: The SFCMP Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music (San Francisco), the Ojai Music Festival, Ojai North! (Berkeley) and alongside celebrated chamber ensembles Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Eric has also played with innovative Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente since 2007. From 2012-2014, Eric was an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, San Diego where he taught aural skills and a course on experimental practices in popular music. Eric holds a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from UC San Diego, where he studied closely with Steven Schick.