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University of Iowa News Release

April 19, 2004

Latin American Studies Program To Host Brazilian Music April 23

The Latin American Studies Program will host an evening of Brazilian music featuring music from Avenida Brasil and Handphibians. The event will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Old Brick, 26 East Market St., Iowa City, and is free and open to the public.

Since its inception in 2000, Avenida Brasil has been providing audiences in the Madison, Wis., area with a wide repertoire of Brazilian music styles. A common evening with Avenida Brasil includes Forro, Musica Popular Brasiliera, Bossa Nova, Baiao, Maracatu, just to name a few of the many styles explored by the group.

The Handphibians, formed in 1997, are a Madison-based percussion ensemble that works to bring the music and spirit of Brasilian percussion to local communities throughout south-central Wisconsin and the surrounding region. The Handphibians specialize in Samba Reggae, as heard in the Blocos Afros in Salvador da Bahia, and Samba Batucada, as heard in the Escolas de Samba in Rio de Janeiro.

Established in 1978, the Latin American Studies Program is governed by a steering committee of faculty whose primary teaching and research interests focus on Latin America. LASP is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Writer: Kent Nguyen