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Release: Jan. 9, 2002
UI Museum of Arts opens spring 'Breath of Art' performance series Jan.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Breath of Art," a series of weekly events
Friday evenings at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will begin for the
spring semester with a performance by the OddBar Trio, a combo of UI jazz
studies faculty, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
Admission is free to the museum and to all "Breath of Art" performances.
The series, a collaboration between the Museum and the Division of Performing
Arts, is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. Events on the series will
include musical and dance performances, short plays and literary readings.
Museum of Art Director Howard Collinson said, "The museum is very pleased
to offer a venue for presenting the literary and performing arts to the public.
This is part of our wish to make the Museum of Art more accessible and more
enjoyable to the public. We believe that having first-rate artistic presentations
on Friday evening will enhance the experience of our visitors."
In addition to the Jan. 18 performance by OddBar, the "Breath of Art"
schedule will include readings by UI Writers' Workshop students Jan. 25 and
Feb. 15; a lecture/recital of songs by women composers performed by mezzo-soprano
Katherine Eberle and pianist Rose Chancler Feb. 1; short plays by students
in the Playwrights Workshop of the department of theatre arts Feb. 8; and
a performance by dancers from UI dance department Feb. 22.
Begun in 1996 as a trio, OddBar has been flexible enough to include various
other players over the years, from three to as many as six. In addition to
its unique instrumentation -- lacking a true bass instrument -- Oddbar is
unusual in other ways. It is extremely eclectic, performing a wide variety
of musical styles, while its name reflects the fact that it takes unexpected
sounds into local clubs and bars.
They play original music from all members of the trio, as well as their
own unique arrangements of traditional jazz standards.
Guitarist Steve Grismore was director of jazz studies at the UI 1990-93.
He has also taught at Augustana College, Coe College, Cornell College, Central
College and Iowa Wesleyan. He is a co-founder of the Iowa City Jazz Festival
and was musical director of the festival for the past seven years.
Grismore has performed at clubs and jazz festivals around the country. He
has played with many well-known jazz artists and been a part of several prominent
local groups including Happy House, the Often Ensemble, the Orquesta de Jazz
y Salsa Alto Maiz and the Grismore/Sizemore Band. Recently he traveled to
Europe with the Orquesta Alto Maiz for performances at the Montreux and North
Sea jazz festivals.
Brent Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and
flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with
local jazz groups including the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz and Equilateral.
As a member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and Oddbar he has made seven CDs, toured
Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on "Jazzset with Branford Marsalis"
on National Public Radio. He is an educational specialist/clinician and Conn
Vintage One artist with United Musical Instruments, a division of United Musical
Instruments, USA, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Jazz
Drummer/percussionist Jim Dreier is an instructor in the UI jazz studies
program where he coaches small jazz ensembles and assists with the large format
jazz groups. He teaches drumset and world percussion, and is founder and director
of the Afro Cuban Drum Ensemble. As a member of the Orquesta de Alto Maiz
he has performed throughout the Midwest and in Europe. He has studied percussion
and drumming in Brazil and Cuba and has written articles for Percussive Notes.
The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center
for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2000 Arts Share roster
includes more than 70 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance,
the visual arts and creative writing. Arts Share is part of the Division of
Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information about the Arts Share program, call director Diane Kenney
Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <email@example.com>.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for public events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2001-02 season, through
the University of Iowa Foundation.
The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Admission
is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north
of the museum.
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