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Oct. 15, 2004

Evening Of Poetry, Music, Song Features Artists From Around Globe Oct. 25

"The Other Voice: An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Song" will feature three artists from around the globe - Gozo Yoshimasu, Marilya Corbot, and Jean-Francois Pauvros - Monday, Oct. 25, starting at 7 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium at the University of Iowa. The performance is free and open to the public and is sponsored by The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), The International Writing Program (IWP) and The Freeman Foundation.

"We are delighted to offer this spectacular performance by three artists who literally span the globe," said Rebecca Kessler, a program assistant with CAPS. "These three artists have worked together in Kyoto, Tokyo, Prague, New York, and Paris among other cities. It's a rare occasion to experience their performance in Iowa City."

Yoshimasu, who is an IWP participant, is considered one of the most important contemporary poets in Japan. He has published more than 30 books of poetry, some of which have been translated into several languages. A poet who's constantly challenging himself, always looking for the origins, Yoshimasu cultivates the art of reading with the rhythm and modulation of his voice. Paul Engle, the IWP founder, described his readings as "electrifying revelations of the power of poetry to move the heart and mind without the aid of translation."

Singer and composer Corbot is originally from Brazil but has performed extensively around the world. Critics describe her as, "Relying on an extraordinary voice, she belongs to the small number of divas of the vocal expression."  Her voice has been described as simultaneously beautiful, hypnotic and terrifying. Besides her solo performances, she often collaborates with her husband, Yoshimasu, with whom she performed at a joint event in Iowa City in 1982 when they first started performing together. Some of her lyrics are adaptations of her husband's poems.

The European press calls French guitarist and composer Pauvros one of the most influential musicians of the avant-garde scene in Europe. A nomad by nature, he has also performed and recorded extensively in different countries and has collaborated with a variety of artists. In the United States, for instance, he has performed with Sonic Youth, Arto Lindsay, John Zorn and other prominent musicians.

As one noted Japanese critic says of their performance:  "always changing and evolving in their incredible elements according to place and time...It's a symphony like improvised performance that thrills us all."

For more information or for special accommodations to attend this event, contact Kessler at 319-335-0159 or

CAPS is affiliated with the UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and 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.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Rebecca Kessler, 319-335-0159,