Ryan Nestor and Sean Dowgray
Ryan Nestor is currently a candidate for the doctoral degree in contemporary music performance at the University of California, San Diego, where he is a member of the percussion group Red Fish Blue Fish and a student of Steven Schick. Nestor has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Bang on a Can All-Stars, Calder Quartet, San Diego New Music, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE). Nestor served as Music Director for The Old Globe Theater’s production of Othello and Principal Percussionist of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. He has performed at the Cervantino Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, Moore Theater, and Bang on a Can Marathon. Nestor earned his master’s degree in percussion performance at Stony Brook University and his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Kentucky.
Sean Dowgray is a percussionist, educator, and explorer of unique expressions and extended vocabularies of sound. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory, and University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Dowgray has performed with ensembles including the Oberlin Percussion Group, Ensemble Bonne Action, Ensemble 64.8, and has collaborated with members of the International Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has premiered works by composers including Josh Levine, Daniel Tacke, Lewis Nielson, Dai Fujikura, and James Wood. Dowgray is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California at San Diego under the guidance of Steven Schick.
Session: Focus Day Performance Piece
“Difficulties Putting it Into Practice” by Simon Steen-Andersen
Date & Location
University of California, San Diego