That’s me, Pea Hicks! I hesitate to put my picture here for fear of being stabbed on the street for all my subversive Opti-Consciousness raising efforts… At any rate, here’s my quick bio. I live in San Diego, CA and I’ve been doing music professionally for over 10 years. Most of my work in music has been through the world of live theater. I’ve written scores and designed sound effects for countless productions over the years by such companies as Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theater, Ensemble Arts Theater and The Fern Street Circus.
Most recently I’ve started an experimental opera company called OperaZero. We’re devoted to writing new chamber opera pieces inspired by the avant-garde/experimental vein of “opera” from the past 25 years. Our first piece (for which I wrote the music) was an adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s The World Is Round. It was commissioned and premiered (to critical acclaim) in the Fall of 1997 by the Skidmore College Theater Department in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In the Spring of ’94 I graduated with a degree in music from UCLA. While at UCLA I focused on studying composition, but also spent a lot of time performing in the school’s ethnomusicology department. There I learned how to play the sitar and a variety of Balinese and Ugandan instruments.
I’ve also been in my share of bands over the years- playing both covers (for money) and originals (usually for no money). I spent several years in a band called Tit Wrench which developed quite a following and continues to this day in some form or another. I also did my requisite time in the band Physics. Apart from Optiganally Yours, Rob & I also recorded some punk stuff under the name Fantasy Mission Force. And while it’s not a “band,” check out this page on my “other” main recording project, “Lucas!” Oh yeah, and then there’s Fossil and my other projects…
Well, that’s really all I feel like writing about at this point… not that I think anyone’s actually bothered to read this far anyway!!!