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Aug. 27, 2004

'Who's Who Of Australian Contemporary Jazz' Plays At UI Sept. 7

Ten Part Invention, a 10-piece jazz group that has been called "the premier large jazz ensemble in Australia" and "a veritable who's who of Australian contemporary jazz," will give a free concert as guests of the University of Iowa jazz program, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Clap Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Ten Part Invention was created by drummer John Pochee as a flexible large ensemble for Australian jazz composers and improvisers. Its first public performance was at the 1986 Adelaide Festival of the Arts. The group quickly catapulted to the top of the Australian jazz scene, and was selected as the "Jazz Group of the Year" in the Australian Entertainment "Mo" Awards in 1990, 1996 and 2000, and won the Australian Music Foundation's Best Live Jazz Act award in 2000.

Having toured throughout Asia, Russia and Europe, Ten Part Invention is making its first trip to the United States for an appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival shortly before their UI performance.

John Rapson, the head of the jazz program in the UI School of Music who invited the group to campus, explained: "I met many of the members of Ten Part Invention when I was in Sydney. They are all accomplished composers and utterly amazing performers.

"This band blends so many different elements: straight-ahead jazz with an experimental flair, yet ethnic ingredients from different folk traditions and a healthy sense of humor. The result is fresh, creative and well-executed music. We're lucky to be able to ride the coattails of the Chicago jazzfest and be able to present them free of charge to our community.

"This is a great opportunity to hear some exciting and innovative jazz performers from a part of the world where things get mixed up a little differently."

Featuring a flexible ensemble of three brass players, four woodwinds and a three-member rhythm section, Ten Part Invention can be heard in a variety of different instrumental configurations. Its current members are: John Pochee, drums and leader; Paul McNamara, piano; Steve Arie double bass; Warwick Alder and Miroslav Buvovsky trumpet/flugelhorn; James Greening trombone/didjeridu; Andrew Robson, alto sax; Ken James and Sandy Evans tenor/soprano sax and flute; and Bob Bertles alto/baritone sax and clarinet.

The Australian and world jazz press has heaped extensive praise on the group and their CD recordings. "Among the elite jazz ensembles in this country, Ten Part Invention holds a special place," Shane Nichols wrote in the Australian Financial Review. "The fire-power of talent and depth of instrumentation means the band can go just about anywhere, and it does."

Ron Morey wrote in Jazzreview magazine, "This uniquely Australian music is modern jazz of the very highest quality, able to strut the world's stages with the best that the art form can offer... TPI also stands for Totally and Positively Incredible!"

And Richard Kamins wrote in the US edition of Cadence magazine, "This music certainly has roots in the United States, but this Australian aggregation adds colors that infuse the proceedings with much depth and richness. One can hear echoes of Coltrane's Afro-Brass Ensemble, of Stan Kenton, of Duke Ellington, and other large ensembles. Yet Ten Part Invention definitely has a voice all its own and one well worth your attention."

You can learn more about Ten Part Invention on the World Wide Web, at

The United States tour of Ten Part Invention is made possible by financial support from the Commonwealth Government, through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the New South Wales Government, Ministry for the Arts.

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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