JANUARY - MAY 2015: PERCUSSION
 
 

The Fresh Sound concert series has been inextricably aligned to the groundbreaking Music Department at UC San Diego from the very beginning in 1996. Our 2015 concert schedule seeks to highlight the contributions of professors, grad-students and alumni from the prestigious percussion department, which has expanded into the global sphere of contemporary music. This is what the series will explore - the widening scope, the variety, and ongoing interconnectivity.



CONCERTS
 

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 · 7:30PM · red fish blue fish, directed by Steven Schick
This critically-acclaimed San Diego-based ensemble performs, records and premieres works from the last 85 years of western percussion's rich history. Fifteen years ago, Professor Steve Schick started the group at UCSD. He is currently the Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In a delightful coincidence, he was also the very first artist presented by Fresh Sound in 1997. The New York Times calls red fish blue fish a "dynamic percussion ensemble from the University of California." The group works regularly with living composers from every continent. This evening the rfbf performers will be Steve Solook, Christopher Clarino, Dustin Donahue, Fiona Digney, Leah Bowden, and Ryan Nestor.

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Friday, February 6th, 2015 · 7:30PM · Ross Karre
Ross Karre's program, "Opera with Objects," is comprised of several works from the last 50 years involving objects as phenomenological inquiry, as whimsy, as vessel, and as a means of containing (or liberating) larger worlds of perception. With works from figureheads like Alvin Lucier and Vinko Globokar alongside brand new works by Fritz Hauser, Mark Applebaum, and Natacha Diels, this performance presents a continuous intermedial tour of a variety of interactions with found objects.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 · 7:30PM · Jean-Charles François Trio
PFL Traject
The improbable meeting of three musicians - Pascal Pariaud, Jean-Charles François, Gilles Laval is at the origin of the creation of the group PFL Traject (in 2006). The terms of "traveling," of "trajectory," in their plural dimensions are the constituent elements that best define PFL Traject, concerning as much the history of each individual member as what determines the collective improvised playing. The members of the group all went through very different journeys.

Within PFL Traject, improvisation is defined as different from composition, on the basis of a continuous process of collective creativity, which never leads to the identification of a definitive work. The improvisation concerns the details of the performance, which are never pre-planned, but the trio has developed a series of protocols used, prior to performances, with the objective to build together collective sounds through actual playing. These protocols are also used in pedagogical situations, which are an important part of the trio's activity.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015 · 7:30PM · 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.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015 · 7:30PM · On Structure      (program change)
On Structure is a DIY experimental music and theater collective featuring Jessie Marino and Natacha Diels. The composer-performer duo uses composed sounds to brew transferable art pieces which ravage the traditional roles of the performer, audience and space itself. Their highly virtuosic performances organize simple motions and everyday objects into tightly constructed musical forms, knitting together sonic and visual elements while tipping their hats to the realm of the absurd.

On Structure has toured extensively in the US and in Europe with New York based ensembles Wet Ink, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and R WE WHO R WE. In 2013 they were featured composer/performers at the MATA Festival as well as the weekly music technology forum DorkBot. Their videos have been screened at the What's Next Festival, Belgium as well as on the international tour of On Silence: an Homage to John Cage.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015 · 7:30PM · Kjell Nordeson
Equally conversant in notated music and jazz improvisation, Norderson divides his time between Stockholm and San Diego. Nordeson is a well-known figure in the improvisational world with multiple recordings in groups led by figures such as Ken Vandermark, Larry Ochs, and Jon Raskin as well as the Clean Feed-Records group Angles. For Fresh Sound he will present Walking with Mirabeau, a concert trusting the process of the music unfolding while playing. At certain points during an hour of mainly improvised music, he will arrive at Rebonds b by Iannis Xenakis, Omar II by Franco Donatoni, and Prelude in Eb minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, book I) by J.S. Bach. These pieces will be surrounded by improvisations and recorded material, like islands in an improvisatory stream.

Walking with Mirabeau
Count Mirabeau spoke to his fellow revolutionaries in a speech that is said to have impacted the outcome of the French Revolution. Asked about the speech afterwards, he admitted that he, when he had started speaking, had not been sure how to end it. He trusted his ability to compose the speech whilst speaking; he improvised.

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