A Steven Schick lecture/performance

I really think this is too valuable not to share. Professor & percussionist, Steven Schick, recently offered a lecture/performance at UC-San Diego, where he is the head of the percussion department, as part of a series of talks on music & sound. Now the music that Steven plays can be classified as avant-garde/classical percussion, but don't let that put you off. He is such an amazing player who creates music. I was fortunate to see him at last November's PASIC performing some of John Cage's iconic percussion music and he is an impeccable musician. So whether you play jazz, Salsa, or heavy metal, this is so worth watching, because the information pertains to all of us. Set aside 90 minutes when you won't be disturbed and watch this! You'll be glad you did.

A note to all you drum set guys who think you have your shit down: Just because you can play double bass triplets at 280BPM only scratches the surface of what you can do with percussion. Try to play the compositions Steven plays here. I challenge you. And this is not to cut down anyone playing any style of percussion, but it's a big world out there. There are so many amazing players performing in all genres of music, so don't limit what you expose yourself to. Listen to all & everything you can, as it makes us better as both players and listeners.

~ MB


  1. Dear Michael,
    thanks a lot for recommending this video.
    I'm ashamed to admit that I've never heard of Mr. Schick before and enjoyed both his playing and his lecture immense.
    Greetings from Berlin

    1. Thanks for your comment. You can search YouTube for 'Steven Schick' and find a lot of other great videos with him both performing and lecturing.



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