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Two small jazz ensembles from UI School of Music will present original work March 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two small jazz ensembles from the Improvizors' Arkestra, a large jazz group from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

An ensemble of unconventional instrumentation, the Improvizors' Arkestra was founded as a means to explore current trends in improvised music. The March 24 concert, under the direction of jazz studies head John Rapson, will feature the Real Time Workshop and Trioism. Both groups were formed out of the members of the Improvizors' Arkestra and have produced their own original small-group jazz.

Real Time Workshop -- Mike Giles, saxophones; Nate Basinger, piano and accordion; Anton Hatwich, bass; and Johnathon Crawford, drums -- has just finished recording material for a CD that will include 10 original pieces by members of the group. Many of their works incorporate melodies and rhythms derived from non-Western cultures.

Their program will be "Tickle " And "To Loosen Touchdown Up" by Giles; "Asa Branca," an arrangement of a Brazilian tune by Basinger; "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most" arranged by Hatwich; and "Good People" and "My 7 for Sonny" by Crawford.

Trioism -- Jason Cook, guitar; Wes Phillips, bass; and Matt Bernemann, drums -- will be joined by guests Louis Hanzlik, trumpet, and Megan Hanzlik, oboe. Original works on their program will be Phillips' "Wes' Tune" and Cook's "B for Bitonal." They will also play works by recognized jazz artists, including "I Mean You" by Thelonious Monk and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" by Charlie Mingus, and the group's own make-over of Henry Mancini's "Days of Wine and Roses."

They will close with two pieces that represent the newest wave of jazz innovation from New York, "7.5" by Bill Stewart and "Chariots" by John Scofield, as transcribed by members of the band.

The Improvisor's' Arkestra is designed as a logical counterpart and compliment to the School of Music's long-established big band, Johnson County Landmark (JCL). "JCL is a repertory ensemble, performing original compositions by jazz masters," Rapson said. "The Improvizors' Arkestra will give students an opportunity to work more on the cutting edge of jazz, improvising freely and performing current work.

"Some of the repertoire will come from the students' own work, either their own new compositions or transcriptions they make from current recordings."