Roger Reynolds’ compositions incorporate elements of theater, digital
signal processing, dance, video, and real-time computer spatialization,
creating a signature multidimensionality of engagements. These
compositions speak to a central thread weaving through Reynolds'
varied career, which uniquely entwines language with the spatial
aspects of music. In addition to his composing, Reynolds' writing,
lecturing, organization of musical events and teaching have prompted
numerous residencies at international festivals (Darmstadt, Music
Today (Tokyo), the Helsinki and Zagreb Biennales, Why Note? (Dijon),
Time of Music (Viitasaari), Musica Viva (Munich), the Agora Festival
(Paris), and the Proms and Edinburgh festivals in the UK). He was co-
director of the New York Philharmonic's Horizons '84 Festival, has been
a frequent participant in the Warsaw Autumn festivals, and was
commissioned by Toru Takemitsu to create a program for the Suntory
Hall International Series.
In 1988, intrigued by John Ashbery’s poem, Self-Portrait in a Convex
Mirror, Reynolds responded with Whispers Out of Time, a string
orchestra work which earned him the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Critic
Kyle Gann has noted that Reynolds was the first experimentalist to be
so honored since Charles Ives. Recent major works include ILLUSION
(for Esa-Pekka Salonen’s LA Philharmonic New Music Group),
Aspiration (for violinist Irvine Arditti and the Nouvel Ensemble
Moderne), and 22 (a real-time interactive work for computer sound and
dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, with computer processed imagery
and motion capture done in association with ASU’s Arts, Media and
Engineering program). His most recent book is Form and Method,
available from Routledge, New York. In 1998, Mode Records released
WATERSHED, the first DVD in Dolby Digital 5.1 to feature music
composed expressly for a multichannel medium. The same year, The
Library of Congress established the Roger Reynolds Special Collection.
Reynolds’ music is published exclusively by C. F. Peters Corporation.
Writing in The New Yorker, Andrew Porter called him "at once an
explorer and a visionary composer, whose works can lead listeners to
follow him into new regions of emotion and meaning."
For further information visit the Roger Reynolds site and the Library of
Congress: Roger Reynolds Collection.
Steven Schick, percussionist
Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For the
past thirty years he has championed contemporary percussion music
as a performer and teacher. He studied at the University of Iowa and
received the Soloists Diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule für
Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Steven Schick has commissioned and
premiered more than one hundred new works for percussion and has
performed these pieces on major concert series such as Lincoln
Center's Great Performers and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green
Umbrella concerts, as well as in international festivals including
Warsaw Autumn, the BBC Proms, the Jerusalem Festival, the Holland
Festival, the Stockholm International Percussion Event and the
Budapest Spring Festival among many others. He has recorded many
of those works for SONY Classical, Wergo, Point, CRI, Neuma and
Cantaloupe Records. He has been regular guest lecturer at the
Rotterdam Conservatory, and the Royal College of Music in London.
Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of
California, San Diego and a “Consulting Artist in Percussion” at the
Manhattan School of Music. Schick was the percussionist of the Bang
on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002. From 2000 to
2004, he served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de
Percussion de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the founder and
Artistic Director of the percussion group, “red fish blue fish.” In 2007
Steven Schick assumed the post of Music Director and conductor of
the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.
In 2006 Schick released three important works. His book on solo
percussion music – The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams
– was published in May by the University of Rochester Press. His
recording of The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies by John Luther
Adams was released at the same time by Cantaloupe Music. Finally, a
DVD of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis, performed in
collaboration with red fish blue fish, was released by Mode Records.
Ian Saxton is an electronic musician and percussionist, who is
currently studying at the University of California, San Diego.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he received his Bachelor's
degree from U.C. Santa Cruz where he was trained in traditional music
theory and computer music techniques. He enjoys playing rock, jazz,
and avant-garde styles on drum set, as well as being interested in
classical and world percussion. He has extensive experience in a
number of programming environments including C++, LISP, Max and
Pure Data. His research interests include real-time rhythm tracking,
graphic representation of complex temporal structures and
multi-dimensional interfaces for exploring micro-tonal systems.
Born in Berkeley, California (1978) and hailing from Minnesota's Twin
Cities, Greg Stuart is dedicated to expanding new music for percussion
through commissions, improvisation and mixed-media projects. He
has appeared in numerous festivals including the L.A. Philharmonic's
Green Umbrella Series, the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik,
the Bang on a Can Marathon, Line Space Line, Muzik3, SEAMUS, La
Jolla Summerfest, Pro Musica Ensenda and the Whitney Museum of
American Art Biennial. Greg performs regularly with the percussion
ensemble red fish blue fish and has worked with San Diego's Lower
Left Performance Collective and Chicago's Trapdoor Theater. He has
collaborated with a wide range of composers including Michael Pisaro,
Rick Burkhardt, Sean Griffin and Roger Reynolds. Greg can be heard
on Accretions, Tzadik, Insides, Edition Wandelweiser and Mode
Fabio Oliveira, a native of Brazil’s Capital, Brasília, is an avid advocate
of Contemporary Classical Music and Brazilian Traditional Music.
Fabio earned degrees from the Sao Paulo State University in Brazil and
the University of Massachusetts. Through a generous Fellowship from
CAPES, he is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music at UCSD,
where he studies percussion with Steven Schick and performs with the
redfishbluefish ensemble. Present projects also include the electronic
music quintet Postures For Realignment (PFR) and Brazilian samba
group Nossa Batucada.
Ross Karre began playing percussion in elementary school in his
hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Early on, he dedicated himself to
experimental performing arts. Ross graduated from the Interlochen
Arts Academy, working with Amy Barber, the Oberlin Conservatory,
working with Michael Rosen, and UCSD where he studied with Steven
During these years, Ross had the opportunity to work with such
important figures in contemporary music as Pierre Boulez, Harrison
Birtwistle, Meredith Monk, Philippe Manoury, the Ensemble
Intercontemprain, David Robertson, Peter Eotvos, and the Percussion
Group Cincinnati. He is a founding member of the ongoing multimedia
collaboration called the Synchronism Project and of the twelve-member
Lucerne Festival Percussion Group. He is the recipient of a Jacob K.
Javits Fellowship, which allows him to study and perform with Steven
Schick and the red fish blue fish percussion group in San Diego,
California, where he currently resides.
Josef Kucera is the Chief Recording Engineer at Warren Studios in the
Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego. He has
been involved in Recording Arts and New Music for more than 30 years
and has engineered over 100 commercial CD, DVD and DVD-A projects
in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He holds a BA in Music Theory/
Composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has
composed music for film, dance and live theatre. He is a past member
of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and a current
member of the Audio Engineering Society and the National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences.
Jacob David Sudol writes intimate compositions that explore enigmatic
phenomena and the inner nature of how we perceive sound. He
recently finished his M.Mus. at McGill University and this fall began
working towards a Ph.D. in composition at the University of California
at San Diego. Some of Jacob's mentors have included John Rea, Denys
Bouliane, Philippe Leroux, Sean Ferguson, Dan Asia, and Craig Walsh.
During 2005-2006, Jacob was the first-ever composer-in-residence for
the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, in collaboration with the
McGill Digital Composition Studio. He has also written music for the
Contemporary Keyboard Society, percussionist Fernando Rocha,
saxophonist Elizabeth Bunt, clarinetist Krista Martynes, and the
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
A native of Sacramento, California, Justin DeHart holds a bachelor of
music degree from California State University in Sacramento and a
master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts. His primary
teachers include John Bergamo, Daniel Kennedy, and Steven Schick.
DeHart has performed concerts throughout Asia, Canada, and the
United States, and has appeared as percussionist as well as producer
on various record labels such as Anicca, Beatville, Cornerstone, Innova,
Jumpstart, MCA, R.A.S., and Skunk. In addition to being an active
performer in contemporary Western music, he has also explored North
and South Indian percussion extensively. In 2001 he was awarded a
Fulbright scholarship to study South Indian percussion with T.H.
Subash Chandran. DeHart has also studied the tabla with Pandit
Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael,
California, and at the California Institute of the Arts.
The Sanctuary Project
by Roger Reynolds