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Release: Jan. 21, 2000

Tadeu Coelho concert to present popular influences in flute repertoire Feb. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The flute-piano duo of Tadeu Coelho and Ksenia Nosikova, faculty members at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present "Popular Influences," a concert illustrating 100 years of popular influences in the repertoire for the flute, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

They will be assisted on the program by faculty colleague Daniel Moore, percussion, and graduate student Vladir Claudino, double bass. The concert will be free and open to the public.

The concert will open with "Suite Paysanne Hongroise," (Hungarian folk suite), a set of Hungarian folk songs that were originally written by Bela Bartok, and later arranged in a version for flute and piano by Paul Arma.

The Bartok suite will be followed by "Kokopeli" for solo flute by American flutist/composer Katherine Hoover, which won the National Flute Association award for newly published music in 1991. This piece is named for a legendary hero of the Hopis and of other Native Americans living in the Southwestern area of the United States, whose image has become well known in recent years.

The composer has written, "Kokopeli . . . is said to have led the migrations through the mountains and deserts, the sound of his flute echoing through the great canyons and cliffs. In this piece I have tried to capture some of this sense of spaciousness, and of the Hopi's deep kinship with this land. This piece has also been influenced by Native American flute songs and sounds."

The first half of the concert will conclude with three salon pieces written around 1901 by Brazilian composer Pattapio Silva.

After intermission, Coelho and Nosikova will play the Iowa premiere of "Transparencias" by Mexican composer Eduardo Gamboa, a piece written and dedicated to Coelho. The score is based on the folk music of several distinct Mexican regions, including Yucatan, Vera Cruz and Jalisco.

The concert will conclude with three movements of the Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio by French jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Claude Bolling. A popular piece, the Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano was written in 1973 for Bolling to perform with the famed flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Coelho has said that the program has a special meaning for him. "This program marks the release of my latest CD, a recording of Mexican chamber music that included the original version of 'Transparencias.' The CD is also of historical significance, in which 'new music' is beginning to require classically trained musicians to stretch or bridge to new vocabularies that the traditional training did not cover."

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico, and more recently has served as visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich music academy in Croatia. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with orchestras in the United States, Germany and Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood.

Coelho's performances have consistently earned high critical praise. Following a series of concerts in Brazil, one critic commented that "there is no doubt about his virtuoso abilities, topped with a degree of musicianship that was magnificent and complete."

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and he also recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music was released in the spring of 1999 and is available, along with Coelho's other recordings, from Eble Music in downtown Iowa City.

Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as both soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She gave her New York debut performance in 1996 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has performed concertos with the Louisiana Symphony, the University of Colorado Symphony and the Jefferson Symphony. She has toured the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Italy with a piano trio from the Moscow Conservatory. She has also performed extensively as vocal accompanist, appearing at international competitions in 'sHertogenbosch, the Netherlands, and Stuttgart, Germany.

Nosikova has been a prize winner in numerous piano competitions, including the Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition in New York, the Alabama International Piano Competition, and the Ibla International Piano Competition in Italy, to which she returned in 1999 as a jury member.

An internationally 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 is considered a "total percussionist." He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion.

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." In 1998 he received a grant from the UI Central Investment Fund for Research Excellence to produce a CD of his arrangements of the Percussion Pops music of legendary percussionist Dick Schory, a pioneer of the contemporary percussion ensemble. "Percussion Pops 2000 presents Jungle Fever: The Music of Dick Schory" was recorded by the UI Recording Studios and released in 1999.

A native of Brazil, Claudino came to the UI to study double bass with Diana Gannet. He has done extensive professional work and received many honors in his native country. He was the winner of the 1999 UI Concerto Competition.

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(NOTE TO EDITORS: Tadeu Coelho may be reached by e-mail at, or by phone at (319) 335-1676.)

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Tadeu Coelho is pronounce tah-DAY-you QUAIL-yo. Ksenia Nosikova is pronounced approximately as it is spelled: KSAY-ne-yah no-see-COE-vah. Vladir Claudino is pronounced VLAD-deer clau-DEE-no.)