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JAZZ TRIO PERFORMS JUNE 29 -- The La Fosse Jazz Trio, an ensemble featuring artists from the University of Iowa School of Music and the Iowa City community, will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 29, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The trio is led by violinist Leopold La Fosse, a member of the UI School of Music faculty. Other members are pianist Dan Knight and string bassist Gary Palmer.

La Fosse is known to local audiences primarily as a virtuoso classical violinist. But La Fosse says that is only one part of his musical personality.

"Years ago, when I was concertmaster of an orchestra that had only a 21-week season, I played jazz off-season to earn a living, and I've also toured with Henry Mancini's orchestra," he said. "Besides, I love jazz and love playing it."

"Improvising in a jazz group is so different from the kind of note-by-note accuracy you aim for in classical playing, and the give and take with the other players is really fun for me."

La Fosse has taught violin at the UI School of Music since 1972. His extensive performing career has included solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras. He has also done extensive research in string pedagogy and twice went to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer, teaching, giving master classes and performing.

Knight is a professional musician in the Iowa City area and is listed on the Iowa Arts Council roster of artists, both as a solo jazz pianist and as a member of the La Fosse Trio. He has toured throughout the country and has played with some of the greatest contemporary jazz musicians, including Billy Taylor, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and Wynton Marsalis. He was recently designated a Steinway Artist.

Palmer is a graduate of the UI School of Music and the principal bass of the Cedar Rapids Symphony. He is also extremely active on the local jazz scene.

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Edward L. Kottick, an emeritus professor of musicology at the University of Iowa School of Music, is co-author with George Lucktenberg of "Early Keyboard Instruments in European Museums," a new publication from Indiana University Press.

Lucktenberg is adjunct professor of music at Reinhart College in Waleska, Ga.

The 304-page volume describes harpsichords, clavichords, early pianos and other keyboard instruments found in 47 museums in 35 European cities. Included are instruments by most of the important builders of the 18th century. Elements of appearance, sound and playing mechanism of individual instruments are explored, as well as the their historical significance, relationship to other instruments and the changes -- both good and bad -- made by restorations.

Based on experience leading tours, the authors provide essential information on each museum and a short description of the city in which it is located. Illustrations are included, along with a glossary of technical terms and an index of individual instrument makers.

Kottick is an instrument builder and the author of books and articles on harpsichord making. His "Harpsichord Owner's Guide," a practical guide to buying, repairing and maintaining a harpsichord, was published in 1987.

Kottick taught at the UI from 1968 until his retirement in 1992. In addition to his work on harpsichords, he is the author of "The Collegium: A Handbook" and numerous scholarly articles on Renaissance music and musical instruments. He directed the UI Collegium Musicum, an early music performance group, from 1968 to 1981. He has conducted many workshops for harpsichord owners and has served on the board of directors of the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society and the American Musical Instrument Society.

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UI STUDENT WINS HONORABLE MENTION IN FRENCH COMPETITION -- Scott Adamson, an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, recently received an honorable mention at the 24th International Electroacoustic Music Competition in Bourges, France.

Adamson was honored for his composition "a scent of lilacs drifts the bank of county 282," composed in the UI Electronic Music Studios during the spring semester and premiered on the Electronic Music Studios concert May 6.

The competition is sponsored by the Bourges Experimental Group of Music, founded in 1970. Adamson entered Section 1 of the competition, which was open to composition students and composers under the age of 25. Sixty-six composers from 15 countries entered this division, of whom six were selected as prize winners and seven including Adamson were selected for honorable mention.

Lawrence Fritts is the director of the UI Electronic Music Studios.