Right around the time of Steven Schick’s sixth birthday, Karlheinz Stockhausen put into print a new piece that would change Schick’s life, and that of percussionists around the world. With Zyklus, Stockhausen established the genre of solo percussion music. In this two-night concert event, Schick takes listeners on a virtuoso tour of the form’s birth and explosive growth over the past six decades—a musical development that has paralleled his own growth as an artist.
Part Two: Responses
Over the past 30 years, Schick has made it his mission to expand the repertoire, commissioning and premiering more than 100 new pieces. This program features important newer works that create a continuing dialogue with those who came before, including pieces by David Lang, Brian Ferneyhough, Kaija Saariaho, Michael Gordon, and John Luther Adams, plus the world premieres of two brand new pieces, by young American composers Lei Liang and Nathan Davis.
“Schick’s evenness of touch and mastery of pacing make it hard to believe that one person is playing these absurdly complex interlocking timbral and rhythmic patterns, reminiscent of a one man gamelan orchestra.” - BBC Music Magazine