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Iowa Jazztet and Oddbar Trio plus Trombone join for free concert
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Jazztet, a jazz sextet made up of faculty
and graduate students of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present
a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 23 in Clapp Recital Hall on the
The faculty performers in the Jazztet are trombonist John Rapson, who
is head of the jazz studies program at the School of Music, and saxophonist
Matt Sintchak. Graduate student players are Brent Sandy, trumpet; Alex
Lunsqui, piano; Anton Hatwich, bass; and Tim Crumley, drums.
For the concert School of Music percussion teacher Dan Moore will be
featured as vibraphone soloist.
The Jazztet will share the program with the Oddbar Trio Plus Trombone.
The trio comprises trumpeter Sandy with UI alumni Steve Grismore, guitar,
and Jim Dreier, drums. The added trombone for the March 23 concert will
The Iowa Jazztet is devoted to the performance of original works and
classic small-ensemble jazz. The group was founded by Tom Davis, a professional
jazz percussionist and the former percussion teacher at the UI School of
Music, and took its name from a famed professional group led by Iowa native
Art Farmer and Benny Golson. Over the past four years the Iowa Jazztet
has produced more than 50 compositions and arrangements and did a three-week
tour of Brazil in the summer of 1996.
The Iowa Jazztet's program will include three works by Michael Lee,
a member of the Village Vanguard Orchestra in New York who was recently
a guest of the jazz studies area and performed with the Jazztet in Iowa
Moore will be the featured soloist on "Soul Sauce" by Dizzy
Gillespie and Chano Pozo. "Continued Obscurity" by Los Angeles
composer Kim Richmond will feature saxophonist Sintchak and pianist Lunsqui,
who is a graduate composition student from Brazil.
Other works on the program will be Rapson's "Paradox" and
"Nostalgia in Times Square" by Charlie Mingus.
The Oddbar Trio has put together its own unique repertoire to accommodate
its somewhat unusual instrumentation that lacks a bass instrument. This
includes originals from each member of the group as well as re-workings
of familiar standards. The March 23 program will use material from a recently-recorded
CD, to be released on the Nine Winds label under the title "The Lost
Titles include "Little Ditty," Suzy Bluesy" and "Snap,
Crackle, Pop" by Grismore; "Psycho Cycle" and Six-Beat Cajun
Mambo" by Dreier; "Cletus" and "Perpendicular Promenade"
by Sandy; and Rapson's arrangement by Sun Ra's "A Call for All Demons"
and Edgar Sampson's "Stompin' at the Savoy."
Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of
jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and
Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic
and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. His recent
experimental jazz recording "Dances and Orations" has been hailed
as "one of the most vital CDs to come around in a long time"
in Jazziz and as "a conceptual and musical triumph" by Josef
Woodard in the Independent.
Previous albums under Rapson's direction are "Bing" for Sound
Aspects, and "Buwah" and "Deeba dah bwee" for Nine
Winds. He has also recorded "A Mingus Among Us" and "Been
There, Done That" with Johnson County Landmark.
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 for more than 35 years. A nationally known percussionist,
composer and teacher, he 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.
A visiting professor at the UI, Sintchak has previously taught at the
University of Hartford; Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyan College in
Rochester, N.Y.; and at Eastman., where he won a 1996-97 Teaching Prize.
An avid performer of contemporary music, Sintchak has also given traditional
solo recitals on the East coast and performed with Hartford and Portland
symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic, and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble
on two tours to Japan. He has also performed with several alternative groups
including the Jupiter Saxophone Quartet, the first honors/scholarship saxophone
ensemble in the history of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Sintchak studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory,
and the Paris Conservatory on a grant from the Beebe Foundation. He recently
completed his doctorate in saxophone performance with a Performer's Certificate