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UI Percussion Ensemble joins steel-pan and high-tech duo Nov. 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Britain/Moore Duo, a pair of percussionists who combine the traditional sound of steel drums with the high-tech sounds of an electronic marimba, will be joined by the University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble for a free performance at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Consisting of UI music faculty member Dan Moore and percussionist Mat Britain, the Britain/Moore duo has played together for more than 12 years. Over that time the duo has shared dozens of tours and hundreds of concerts.

Within the context of this very active and successful professional performing life, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows electronically triggered sounds to blend with the natural sounds of the marimba. This has given the duo a unique mix of acoustic and electronic sounds that is unique in the percussion world.

The Nov. 3 performance will feature music from the duo's CD recording "Cricket City," which has been described by Pan-lime Magazine as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces." They will also play some new pieces, including "Little World of Rhythm," which was recently featured on a Master Class CD in Jazz Player Magazine.

The Percussion Ensemble from the UI School of Music will join with the duo to play classic Caribbean steel pan music.

The Britain/Moore Duo began more by accident than design. When a 1995 Wichita State University steel band recording came up one tune short of a full set, percussion students Dan Moore and Mat Britain quickly worked up a simple steel drum and marimba duet, and the Britain/Moore duet had its debut.

A nationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore holds the position previously occupied by long-time UI percussion teacher Thomas L. Davis, who retired last spring. 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.

Britain is currently percussionist for Grammy-winning country/pop singer Lee Greenwood. He is heard on numerous recordings, including Greenwood's latest CD, on the soundtracks for episode of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," and on various advertising jingles. His love of steel band music has taken him to the Panorama Festival in Trinidad, where he performed in 1992 with the Amoco Renegades Steel Band.