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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 marimba.

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 Contest.

"(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.