Anyone who is interested in jazz or classical music in particular should check out UCSD’s many music events. Ranging from free student concerts to reasonably priced shows for gospel choirs, the sheer breadth of music on offer is staggering and a boon for area music fans. One of the clear highlights this month is a performance from Schick Machine, a.k.a. UCSD faculty member and percussionist Steve Schick on Feb. 27. A mix of storytelling and adventurous music, Schick takes the audience through a stage filled with wondrous new instruments created by composer Paul Dresher, including such intriguingly named items as “The Peacock” and the “Field of Flowers.” At times whimsical, but always inspired, music aficionados who like their music on the cutting edge will love every second of this show.
• SCHICK MACHINE performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the MANDEVILLE AUDITORIUM, 9500 Gilman Drive. All ages. musicweb.-ucsd.edu/concerts.