Christopher Shultis assisted by the University of New Mexico Percussion Ensemble, Scott Ney, director, will present The Process of Discovery: Interpreting Child of Tree by John Cage - Focus Day Performance at this year's PASIC 2012 conference in Austin, Texas - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. Shultis's work SIXTY-FOUR STATEMENTS RE AND NOT RE CHILD OF TREE is based on spoken texts about music pre-recorded by an ensemble, and then played back variously during the performance. Texts are drawn from the writings of John Cage, and also by the composer. This work and others are available in the collection Experimental Music and Writings, by Christopher Shultis, published by ACA.
Distinguished Professor Christopher Shultis's career began as an orchestral musician, first with the Lansing Symphony and then the Santa Fe Opera. He was Principal Percussionist for the New Mexico Symphony (1980-1986) and Principal Timpanist for the Orchestra of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Symphony (1980-1994). In 1980, he became Director of Percussion Studies at the University of New Mexico. He received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 1997, was awarded two Fulbrights to Germany, and in 2010 delivered the 55th Annual Research Lecture, “the highest honor UNM bestows on its faculty.” Shultis's compositions are published by the American Composers Alliance and a CD, Devisadero: Music from the New Mexico Wilderness, is available through Navona Recordings.
Scott Ney has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1998 where he is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion. He directs the UNM Percussion Ensemble, percussioNM, UNM Marimba Band, and is co-director of the UNM Steel Band.
percussioNM is one of four chamber percussion ensembles at the University of New Mexico. The ensemble focuses on performing classic and new percussion literature and working with contemporary composers and artists.