mckenzie camp, percussionist
this year has been a crazy one. On top of preparing for my second masters recital, teaching percussion, and graduating (woohoo) I had a lot of amazing performance opportunities this semester.
It started in January when I got to perform a John Luther Adams percussion ensemble piece with three other colleagues at Glenn Kotche's concert at Stanford's new Bing Concert Hall...which sounds amazing. Lots of loud drums in this concert, and Glenn Kotche is unbelievable!
A few days after that I had the amazing opportunity to perform alongside Steve Schick and the San Francisco Conservatory Music Players in Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. This concert was probably the highlight of my year. It is a piece of music that isn't performed often and there were even people who flew just to see this performance. This minimalist piece is more than an hour long, and the experience of listening to it is life-changing. But in my opinion It is even more fun to get to play.
In April: I, along with three other SFCM percussion colleagues, performed in the “Peter Erskine Meets Adesso” concert-a concert of jazzy percussion music, with Peter Erskine, Wade Culbreath, and the amazing San Francisco Opera Percussion/Timpani Section: Rick Kvistad, Patti Niemi and Jon Burgardt. This concert was so much fun to be a part of.
Also in April: I was involved in a Percussion Project put on by the Guerrilla Composers Guild at San Francisco Center for New Music. We (four SFCM percussion students) worked with the composers and then performed six pieces written for us at the concert. There was a competition where the audience voted on the composer with the best piece and that piece would be recorded (congrats to Lucas Floyd who won!)
I was also a part of Opera Parallele's production of Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti in April, and then performed with them again in June for their lab/first performance of Gesualdo: Prince of Madness, a graphic opera (yes, there is literally a comic book playing in the background-pretty awesome!)
thanks for reading, more performance updates to come!