Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune.
One of the most noteworthy developments in late-20th century concert music was the hybridization of traditional Asian and modern classical music. Composers such as Chinary Ung, Tan Dun, Chen Yi, Bright Sheng and Lei Liang all forged unique styles by somehow combining or juxtaposing Asian musical ideas with the European/American musical avant-garde.
But before any of them made their mark, there was Chou Wen-Chung. A Chinese immigrant who became the great composer Edgard Varese’s student and eventual assistant, Chou passed away four months ago at the age of 96.
The UC San Diego Music Department paid tribute to Chou Wednesday evening in a concert by their percussion ensemble, red fish blue fish, led by the indefatigable Steven Schick.