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Release: June 3, 2002
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
NEW JAZZ TRIO IN BREATH OF ART SERIES JUNE 14 -- Standard AIR,
a new jazz trio from the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform
at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art as part
of the Breath of Art series of musical performances at the museum.
Admission is free to the museum and to all Breath of Art performances.
The members of Standard AIR are Anton Hatwich, upright bass, Ira (John) Rapson,
trombone, Robert Paredes, clarinet. The group takes its name from the first
initial of the three players first names: Anton, Ira and Robert. Rapson, who
is known to local jazz fans as John -- which he has used professionally --
decided to use Ira, his given first name, to create the groups name.
The acoustic trio concentrates on jazz standards that are sometimes neglected
in the repertoire and on material that allows them to capitalize on their
unusual instrumentation. We like to play Ellington and Mingus because
they both favor a sound and range that let the clarinet, bass and trombone
speak, Rapson says.
Bob plays both clarinet and alto saxophone, while I have six mutes
that I choose from, giving us the
option to make the color of our instruments as important to the performance
as the melody and the harmony.
The group was originally founded as a vehicle for us to just rummage
through the standards book and play for our own enjoyment. And because we
don't have a standard rhythm section, the context left a lot of room for everyone
to solo with space to play very quietly and in every range of our instruments.
Standards on the program will include When Lights are Low and
Bye, Bye Blackbird. There will also be a number of ballads from
the Ellington tradition ranging from the very early Mood Indigo
to the later Fleur Africaine, as well as Warm Valley
and Echoes of Harlem.
The trio will also play some bluesy Mingus tunes like Jelly Roll
and Nostalgia in Times Square, and contrast these with a lesser-known
Tom Jobim bossa nova called If You Never Come to Me.
Hatwich is a graduate of the UI School of Music and a visiting faculty member
at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. He has performed classical, jazz and contemporary
music with a variety of ensembles.
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. The CD scored
10 out of 10 for artistic merit in Grammophone magazines Good
CD Guide for jazz recordings, which also called it beautiful and
Previous albums under Rapsons 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.
Paredes has been described as one of the hidden greats of the American
experimental tradition. He received a doctorate in composition from
the UI after studies with the experimental composer Kenneth Gaburo, and has
been and Artist-in-Residence at several schools and organizations. He is an
experienced jazz and studio musician, an accomplished Klezmer clarinetist,
and a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble.
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 Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center
for the Arts to schools and community organizations. Arts Share is part of
the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618
or send an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit < http://www.uiowa.edu/uima
> on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events
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