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April 26, 2004

World-Music Groups From UI School of Music Will Perform May 8

Three world-music groups from the University of Iowa School of Music -- the PanAmerican Steel band, the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble (left), and the Latin/jazz Ensemble -- will join forces for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of Dan Moore, head of the percussion area in the School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

The UI PanAmerican Steel Band will go first. The steel drums are actually 55-gallon oil barrels that have been carefully crafted into tuned musical instruments. Originating on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, these tuned drums have a remarkable timbre that is immediately recognizable as a Caribbean sound. They characteristically play the infectious Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles -- even including arrangements of classical music.

The PanAmerican Steel Band will play four numbers: "Jouvert Man" and "Bahia Girl" by David Rudder; and arrangement of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings"; and "Amber" by 311.

The Afro Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform "Makuta," a traditional song arranged by Matt Grundstad; "Rumba Yambu" as arranged by the Grupo Afro Cuba; and the traditional song "Palo."

The Latin/Jazz Ensemble will play Jean-Luc Ponty's "Bowing Bowing," arranged by Mike Amandes; Victor Mendoza's "Tica Linda," and Jerome Kern's standar, "Yesterdays."

The combined groups will close the concert with "Mozambique."

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."

As a soloist, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years he 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."

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.

Prior to coming to the UI, Moore taught percussion at Montana State University and completed work for a doctorate in percussion at the University of Kentucky.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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