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Release:Sept. 6, 2002
Iowa City Debut By New Flute Professor Featured In Concert Sept. 22
The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present "The American
Experience(s) Part I," the first of two concerts reflecting many of the
country's diverse cultures, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 in Clap Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past
100 years, the Center for New Music (CNM) is directed for the 2002-03 season
by Amelia Kaplan, a visiting faculty member in the theory and composition
area of the UI School of Music. Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts,
the center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and
students of the School of Music.
"The basic 'American Experience' theme is partly to be inclusive of
different ethnic and cultural backgrounds," Kaplan said. "In setting
the program, I also tried to have different aesthetics represented, and to
a large extent you could say that the pieces represent a sort of 'pioneering
spirit' that is characteristic of our history."
The second "American Experience(s)" concert will come at the end
of the CNM season, Sunday, April 6.
The Sept. 22 concert will feature flutist Robert Dick, a well known composer
and performer of new music who will be visiting professor of flute in the
School of Music for the 2002-03 academic year, making his campus debut in
a performance of his own "Re-Illuminations" for solo flute.
Other works on the program will be the Toccata for solo piano by Emma Lou
Diemer; "In C" by Terry Riley; "Four Mary's" for string
quartet by Julia Wolfe; Chamber Concerto No. 5 by David Sanford; and Suite
for woodwind quintet by Ruth Crawford Seeger.
Kaplan commented on some of the pieces in the program: "Our new visiting
professor in flute, Dick is playing one of his own pieces. He's very important
in both the flute world and new music world for expanding the flute's capabilities.
"Diemer is a pioneer in that she is a woman composer who got her start
when there weren't many women composers with public careers. She also represents
a typical academic kind of career path.
"Riley's 'In C' is an extremely popular piece and represents a landmark
in new music: minimalism. His name is very prominent in Iowa City right now,
because of the commission for his new piece for the Kronos Quartet, which
will be premiered at Hancher in October. 'In C' consists of 53 musical fragments
that must be played in sequence, although the instrumentation, number of performers
and duration of the piece is variable. The performers begin together but decide
in real-time when to move on to the next fragment; thus 'In C' will never
be performed exactly the same way twice.
"Julia Wolfe is one of the three composers who started the Bang on a
Can festival in New York, which has become quite an important venue for experimental
music. 'Four Mary's' takes its inspiration from mountain dulcimer music. The
'sliding pitches, the crude crying tone, the drone strings, and the strumming'
are all sounds present in the quartet that Wolfe feels represent the heart
of this art.
"Sanford is an east coast composer who uses lot of jazz references in
many of his pieces. He's not a jazz composer, but his works are full of references
to different styles and people, including Mingus, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson,
Thomas Tomkins, Donald Martino and the Modern Jazz Quartet. - Since Jazz is
obviously an important African-American contribution to music, I chose this
piece to represent that addition.
"Seeger is important for both her pioneering compositional techniques
and her research into American folk music. She was the first to apply serial
techniques to parameters other than pitch, and she combined serialism with
other techniques. She was very innovative, but not noticed much at the time.
The last 10 years have seen an explosion of interest in her work, with several
excellent books and new editions of music. The Suite, which is her last piece,
combines folk-inspired tunes and serial techniques.
A visiting faculty member at the UI School of Music for the 2002-03 academic
year, Dick is internationally known as a performer, composer and improvisor.
He describes himself as "a musician with 21st century skills and 18th
century attitudes" who continues the tradition of virtuoso composer/performers
like Chopin, Paganini and Jimi Hendrix.
Dick has received critical acclaim worldwide for both his technical accomplishment
and his groundbreaking creativity. The Washington Post wrote, "Dick held
the audience in rapt attention with his spellbinding virtuosity," and
critic Bill Shoemaker wrote in JazzTimes, "There are few musicians that
are truly revolutionary. Robert Dick is one of them."
As a performer, Dick is particularly known for his mastery of extended techniques
on the flute and for the high intensity of his concerts, which has earned
a reputation as "the Hendrix of the flute." As a composer in the
classical world, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition and
commissions from the Jerome Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Mary Flagler
Cary Trust, the city of Zurich, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and many others.
As an improviser, he is a member of groups based both in New York and Europe.
Kaplan completed her doctorate in composition at the University of Chicago
as a Century Fellow, where her primary teachers included the distinguished
composer/teachers Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska and Ralph Shapey. She was
the recipient of a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, which she used for study
at the Milan Conservatory. She also received a diploma of merit from the Accademia
Musicale Chigiana and diploma from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau.
Her music has been performed around the United States. and in Europe at contemporary
music events, including the Gaudeamus Festival, Darmstadt Festival, Klang,
Sandpoint, and others.
The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller
Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing
a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming
has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.
In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast
Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it recently
received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for
the Arts. Today, the Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division
of Performing Arts.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Center for New Music is one the World wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm.
You can learn more about Robert Dick at http://www.robertdick.net/.
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