CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Concert by University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble Dec. 12
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble will play
music ranging from a traditional Irish folk tune to the mellow jazz of
Pat Metheny -- and more besides -- in a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 12 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dan Moore, the percussion faculty
member of the UI School of Music, with the assistance of student assistant
conductors Jon Donald, Thomas Keck and Joseph Rebik.
The group is a flexible ensemble that draws on all available percussion
students in the School of Music, depending upon the requirements of the
pieces on any given concert. For the Dec. 12 concert they will explore
one extreme of percussion instrumentation in "Crash Course,"
a relatively new work by James B. Campbell that will feature the entire
cymbal section of the Hawkeye Marching Band.
Leroy Anderson's arrangement of "The Irish Washer Woman" will
feature another type of percussion, calling for the full range of mallet
instruments: bells, xylophone, vibraphone, and three different sizes of
Mallet instruments will also dominate in an arrangement of the Polka
from Shostakovich's ballet "The Age of Gold," arranged for marimbas
and string bass.
Among the original percussion works will be the Overture for Percussion
Ensemble by John Beck, a professor of percussion at the Eastman School
of Music which will open the concert. Other original percussion scores
on the program will be "The Whole Toy Laid Down" by Seattle composer
and gourmet chef David Hollinden, a quirky tour-0de-force for four percussionists;
and "Cat Spanking: A Fantasy for Percussion," the first-prize
winner at the Percussive Arts Society's 1992 International Composition
"(It's Just) Talk," a jazz chart from Pat Metheny's album
"Still Life (talking)," will close the concert.
A nationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience
from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles.
Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum
set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he considers himself a "total percussionist."
For the past 12 years Moore has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore
Duo, whose CD "Cricket City" has been described by Pan-lime Magazine
as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces."
As a member of the duo, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba
performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically
triggered and natural acoustic sounds in a vivid array of sonic textures.
Moore demonstrated this innovative technique at the 1996 international
convention of the Percussive Arts Society.
Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1995. Only the second full-time
professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught
percussion at the UI more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for
the Yamaha Corporation of America and Innovative Percussion and a contributing
writer for Jazz Player and Sticks and Mallets magazines, and has written
for Percussive Notes.
Prior to coming to the UI, Moore helped lead the SkyRyders Drum and
Bugle Corps, taught percussion at Montana State University and studied
for a doctorate in percussion at the University of Kentucky.