Red Fish Blue Fish

Steven Schick: Conductor

Genre: Classical

RIYL: Airto Moreira, Karl Perazzo, Steven Schick

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Influences: John Santos, Karl Perazzo, Alex Acuña, Fausto Cuevas, Cassio Duarte, Airto Moreira


Red Fish Blue Fish is the UCSD percussion ensemble. According to the UCSD website, “The group serves as a laboratory for the exploration of new work for percussion and tours this work regularly.”

The ensemble has played the Bang on a Can Festival in New York City, the Agora Festival in Paris, the Centro des Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They’re regularly featured in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series. In its 2004-2005 season, the ensemble was invited to present a featured concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Steven Schick is a founder and Artistic Director of Red Fish Blue Fish. Born in Iowa and raised in a farming family, for over thirty years he has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher, by commissioning and premiering more than one hundred new works for percussion.

From 1992 through 2002, Schick was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and from 2000 to 2004 he was Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2007, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus named Schick as Music Director and conductor. The accomplished percussionist is also a Distinguished Professor of Music at UCSD.

Schick has also written a book on solo percussion music, The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, published by the University of Rochester Press. His recording of “The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies” by John Luther Adams was released by Cantaloupe Music.

A three-CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis, made in collaboration with Red Fish Blue Fish, was issued by Mode Records.

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