STEPHEN DICK - Resume

Producer, Music Director, Performer, Teacher, Writer (626) 403-7489 | 721 Mound Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030

 

SUMMARY

I create, produce, perform, teach and write about music

 

Composer, Producer, Music Director

I’ve been producing concerts of original music since 1986. I’ve been directly involved in every aspect of production, from funding to production to performance to the creation of recordings and videos. I lead Mojácar Flamenco, a contemporary flamenco music and dance ensemble, and Studio Flamenco, a studio for teaching flamenco music and dance. Below, I list some of the major concerts, recordings, and student performances I’ve produced.

 

Concerts

 

2019

  • Cantan Los Fuegos, ARC, Pasadena, CA

    • A flamenco jazz dance theater re-telling of Manuel De Falla’s El Amor Brujo

 

2018

  • Romance Sonambulo, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA

    • A flamenco dance theater piece based on the ballad from Lorca’s Romanceria Gitana

 

2017

  • Nana Del Caballo Grande, ARC, Pasadena, CA

    • A flamenco dance theater piece based on the lullaby from Lorca’s Bodas De Sangre

2006

  • Mojácar at the Madrid, Madrid Theater, Los Angeles

    • Two evenings of contemporary flamenco music and dance at the Madrid Theatre in Los Angeles. The concert included original works and a suite, Cantan Los Fuegos, based on Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. This concert was supported by a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

 

  • Corazón Flamenco, Cultural Center, Seattle

    • A concert of contemporary flamenco music and dance at the Ethnic Cultural Center in Seattle, Washington. This was a duet concert with my partner, dancer Katerina Tomás.

 

2006

  • West Coast Tour, Various Venues, CA, OR, WA

    • A tour of venues in with my partner, dancer Katerina Tomás.

 

2004

  • Cantan Los Fuegos Madrid Theater, Los Angeles

    • A concert of traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance at the Madrid Theatre in Los Angeles. Featured works drew on the music of Manuel De Falla and the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. This concert took place over two nights and was supported by grants from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and an L.A. Treasures award.

2003

  • Mojácar in Concert, McKinley Auditorium, Pasadena

    • A concert of original flamenco music and dance at the McKinley Auditorium in Pasadena, sponsored by the Arroyo Heritage Society.

 

2002

  • On Tour with Concrete Blonde, Various Venues, U.S. and Canada

    • Mojácar Flamenco toured 22 cities across the U.S. and Canada, opening for the rock group Concrete Blonde. Including El Rey Theater in Los Angeles.

1990

Canciones Nuevas y Añejas, ODC, San Francisco, CA 1990

An evening of contemporary music and dance drawing on the work of Mexican artists, including composer Manuel Maria Ponce and painter Frida Kahlo, supported by grants from Northern California Grantmakers, The Zellerbach Family Fund, and Meet the Composer.

1988

  • Enthusiasms of the Hand , Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA

    • A concert focusing on contemporary music for the guitar, supported by a grant from the Haas Fund.

1986

  • BACA:Nale, Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA 1986

    • A concert of new music from San Francisco Bay Area composers.

 

Recordings

  • Mojácar at The Madrid A live concert recording of music from Mojácar Flamenco’s concert at the Madrid Theatre.

  • Al Que Quiere A collection of music I wrote blending Flamenco, Latin, and Jazz.

    • Global Rhythms Magazine featured tracks from this recording on a compilation CD.

  • Flamenco Básico I An instructional CD and booklet focusing on the flamenco forms Tientos and Tangos.

  • Flamenco Básico II An instructional CD and booklet focusing on the flamenco form Bulerías. Naranjas Amargas A collection of original music blending flamenco and Latin Jazz.

Student Concerts

  • Flamenco Olé A program of flamenco music and dance presented at the Lanterman

  • Auditorium in La Cañada Flintridge.

  • Noche Flamenca A concert of flamenco music and dance presented at Grey Hall in South

  • Pasadena.

  • El Café Cantante A concert of traditional solo and ensemble flamenco pieces at the Throop Memorial Church in Pasadena.

  • Feria de Sevilla Presented my flamenco guitar students in concert at the Peña Andaluza En California’s Feria De Sevilla in Long Beach.

 

PERFORMER

I’ve been a working musician throughout my career and perform regularly at private and public events. Apart from the programs listed above, I’ve performed in a wide range of stage productions. I list some of the highlights below.

 

  • Ferdinand the Bull Performed in the stage production of a musical based on the book

  • Ferdinand the Bull at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. This included traveling to local schools to teach elementary school aged children about flamenco.

  • ArtTalk Premiered a new work based on Lorca’s “Anda Jaleo” in this performance series focusing on the spoken word at the Boston Court Theater.

  • Musician’s Roster Mojácar Flamenco has been on L.A. County’s Musicians Roster since 2003.

  • The roster is managed by L.A. County Arts Department and connects performers with presenters to provide free concerts in public spaces. This program has made it possible for Mojácar to perform at the Kidspace Museum in Pasadena and the Skirball Cultural Center and other venues throughout L.A. County.

  • Folk Heritage The San Diego Folk Heritage Society presented Mojácar Flamenco in

  • concert. It was the first time in its over 30-year history that SDFH presented flamenco.

  • El Cid During the 2005-2006 season, Mojácar Flamenco was in residence at Los Angeles’ legendary flamenco venue, El Cid.

  • Sur Jerez Competition Performed in the Sur Jerez Competition, part of the Autumn Festival for

  • the City of Jerez. The only foreigner to make it to the finals, I finished second in the competition.

  • John Cage at Wesleyan I presented my aleatoric dance and spoken word piece The Man Who is

  • Not John Cage at the John Cage at Wesleyan Festival at Wesleyan University.

  • Man of La Mancha I performed as first guitar in San Francisco State’s production of Man of La Mancha.

 

Published Scores

Four Bagatelles Four of Bartok’s Fourteen Bagatelles arranged for two guitars, published by Columbia Music Company

Sonatina A three movement sonatina for solo guitar, published by Berbé

TEACHER

I began teaching guitar in high school. I teach privately at my home studio. I’ve also taught through LACC’s Community Services program, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and at Lark Camp in Mendocino.

WRITER

I’ve written over 100 articles for magazines and newspapers about the guitar, its music and its players. These have included interviews with well-known performers, ‘how to’ articles, and reviews. 

EDUCATION

1987 M.A., Music Composition, San Francisco State University

1985 Study in composition at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA

1984 Study in composition at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA 1979 B.A. English Literature, Reed College, Portland, Oregon

2001 Study in Spain; Thanks to a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Cultures, I was able to travel to Córdoba, Granada, and Jerez to study with leading flamenco artists including Manolo Sanlúcar, Manolo Franco, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Alfredo Mesa and Manuel Lozano - “El Carbonero.”

 

HONORS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

2012

  • CCI Invetsing in Artists grant

2007

  • Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities (PCC): Grant to present an original work based on the poetry of F.G. Lorca

2006

  • PCC grant to produce and present Cantan Los Fuegos, a music and dance concert

2006

  • CCI Business Plan Award

2004

  • PCC grant to produce and present Cantan Los Fuegos

2001

  • PCC grant to study flamenco in Spain

1998

  • The Paulo Barsacchi award for guitar composition for Sonatina for Solo Guitar

1996

  • Residency Grant, Fundacíon Valparaíso, Mojácar, Spain

1990

  • A Northern California Grantmakers grant for Canciones Nuevas Y Añejas

1990

  • A Zellerbach Family Fund Grant for Canciones Nuevas Y Añejas

 

1989

  • A Meet The Composer Grant for Canciones Nuevas Y Añejas

1989

  • A Haas fund grant for Enthusiasms of the Hand

1987

  • The Frampton award for Excellence in Contemporary Music