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Oct. 20, 2004

'Cold Mountain' Musician Tim Eriksen To Perform At UI Oct. 22

Musician Tim Eriksen, who served as the musical consultant for the film Cold Mountain, will visit the University of Iowa on Friday, Oct. 22, for a free, public performance and discussion starting at 7 p.m. in room 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. The performance "Tim Eriksen: Up from Cold Mountain," will consist primarily of 19th century American folk songs like those heard in the movie and will include discussion of the oral folk tradition.

For the film Cold Mountain, directed by Anthony Minghella, Eriksen recorded with artists including Ralph Stanley, Norman Blake and The White Stripes' Jack White. He also found himself tutoring actors Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Donald Sutherland in Sacred Harp singing, appearing in the film and ultimately performing his shape-note arrangement of an Oscar-nominated Elvis Costello song on the Academy Awards.

Eriksen is a founding member of Cordelia's Dad, Northampton Harmony and Zabe i Babe -- bands with which he has toured the world, made dozens of recordings and explored a tremendous range of musical styles. American folk genres, Bosnian traditional and popular music and underground rock are the tip of an iceberg of musical experience. Eriksen cut his teeth playing hardcore punk at NYC's legendary CBGB, but within a few years he could be found playing Carnatic music at weddings in southern India, singing shape-note hymns at Sacred Harp conventions in the American South and playing experimental noise at New York's Lincoln Center.

His unusual distinctions include being the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, and in the studio he has worked with T-Bone Burnett (Oh Brother Where Art Thou), Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention) and Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey).

Eriksen was a visiting professor of American music at Dartmouth College in 2000 and 2001, and, in the summers of 2000 and 2002, he conducted ethnomusicological field work in Bosnia as part of ongoing research into popular and traditional music in the former Yugoslavia with his wife, Mirjana Lausevic. He and his wife also have co-taught courses in American and World Music at the University of Minnesota.

Eriksen's visit to the UI is sponsored by Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research Semester, "Sounding the Voice," which brought together in Spring 2004 UI scholars from disparate fields, all with a common interest in the voice. The voice is an interdisciplinary site that draws together the arts, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. Its study can involve physics and politics, communication and culture, anatomy and art. In some fields, the voice is a question of physiology or acoustics; in others, it stands for something else, such as soul, text, style, power, or art.

For more information or special accommodations to attend Eriksen's Oct. 22 performance, contact Kembrew McLeod, assistant professor of communication studies, at 319-621-4620 or

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

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Kembrew McLeod, 319-621-4620,

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,