Stephen Drury Interviewed about SICPP

Source: The Boston Globe.

“I’m always accused of having well-thought out programs,” Stephen Drury said by phone the other day. “Which is a total myth.”

He was talking about the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, abbreviated SICPP and known, with colloquial affection, as Sick Puppy. It is an annual new-music lollapalooza that Drury has been hosting for more than two decades at New England Conservatory, where he is a longtime faculty member.

Along with a deep dive into various specimens of the avant-garde by the institute’s fellows, guest artists, and faculty comes a week of free concerts whose programs not only enliven Boston’s musical landscape but also allow audience members a glimpse of Drury’s creative process, shot through with inadvertence though it may be.