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Nov. 19, 2004

UI Museum Of Art Hosts Jazz Concert Dec. 3

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host a jazz performance by Standard AIR, an ensemble from the UI School of Music, from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The performance is part of a series of jazz performances at the UIMA on the first Friday of every month. Earlier UIMA jazz nights during the fall semester have been performed by pianist Dan Knight with other artists.

For the Dec. 3 performance, Standard AIR will perform their own version of "I Loves You, Porgy" from George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess," as well as several original compositions.

Members of the ensemble are faculty member Robert Paredes, clarinet; and graduate students Nikolas (Nik) Gruber, guitar; Evan Mazunik, piano; and Israel Neuman, bass.

"The quartet's unique instrumentation without drums brings a different hue to music which has a chamber demeanor," said John Rapson, director of jazz studies at the UI School of Music and one of Standard AIR's original members.

The ensemble, which was originally a trio of UI School of Music faculty members, took the "AIR" in its name from the first initial of the three original players' first names.

"The group was originally formulated around the concept of re-framing old standards, such as 'I Loves You, Porgy,' in new clothes," Rapson added.

Original compositions to be performed by the quartet include Gruber's "Fat Little Angels" and Neuman's "Blu-ez," among others.

Admission to the UIMA is free. Admission to the performance -- $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members -- will be collected at the door of the atrium. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available in the atrium during the performance.

Museum memberships are available for contributions of $25 or more. Contributions support exhibitions, programs and acquisitions by the museum. For further information, contact the museum's membership coordinator, Buffie Tucker, at 319-353-2847 or by email at

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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