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April 15, 2005

'Scratch, Bang and Blow' Will Feature UI Percussionists And Guests April 22

The percussion area of the University of Iowa School of Music will present "Scratch, Bang and Blow: Iowa Percussion with Guests," a free concert featuring UI faculty and guest artists with student performers at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

In addition to UI percussion students, performers for the concert will be guest artist Andrew Spencer, percussion; UI faculty members Katie Wolfe, violin, and Volkan Orhon, double bass; UI graduate student Bruno Faria, flute; and the Iowa Flute Ensemble.

The program for the April 22 concert will be:

-- the first movement of "Trio Per Uno," op. 27, for the unusual combination of three percussionist on a single bass drum, by Serbian multi-percussionist Nebojsa Zivkovic;

-- Spencer performing Songs I-IX for Actor/Percussionist by Stuart Saunders Smith;

-- the world premiere of "Between Dawn and Nightfall" for solo violin, five percussionists, piano/celesta and double bass by Paul Elwood;

-- "What Clarity?" for soloist and percussion orchestra by Dave Hollinden;

-- "Wood that Sings" by Gordon Stout; and

-- "Alnitak" for piccolo, flute, alto and bass flutes with four keyboard percussionists by Artur Andres.

"Between Dawn and Nightfall" was composed in 2003. It was written in memory of Christopher Combs, who passed away in the summer of 2002. The composer wrote, "At times, the work attempts to offset any gravity of melodic or harmonic material with the weightlessness of contrasting non-harmonic sounds in sharp juxtaposition. While the entire piece is not based on the ancient hymn 'Vexilla Regis' by Venantius Honorius Fortunatus (569 A.D.), the tune makes an appearance in the solo violin."

"Alnitak" is from the repertoire of Brazilian music ensemble Uakti, which appeared at the UI Hancher Auditorium in October 1995. This innovative group of musicians from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, specializes in creating their own unique music and instruments including a variety of odd wind, percussion, fretted and electronic instruments such as the o' grande pan, glass marimba, the planetario and the tabla eletrica. Faria transcribed and arranged "Alnitak" for flutes and percussion.

Spencer is an active recitalist and clinician who has performed as a soloist in the United States, Poland, Japan, Canada and Costa Rica. In 1999 he released the CD "Slender Beams," which features works by composer Dave Hollinden. In addition, he has premiered works by Hollinden, Mark Polishook, Samuel Adler, Robert May and Henry Gwiazda, among others.

As the solo percussionist/actor in the premier of Stuart Sheppard's comic percussion opera "The Hood of the Woods Meets the Dark Lady of the Sonata," Spencer elicited praise from Robert Palmer, music critic of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "But it was Andrew Spencer in the roll of the Hood who stole the show, extracting screams of laughter from the audience."

Spencer currently teaches percussion at Central Michigan University. He received the bachelor's and master's degrees in performance at Northwestern University and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. Eastman also granted Spencer the coveted Performer's Certificate as a percussion soloist.

Originally from Minnesota, Wolfe joined the string faculty of the UI School of Music in August 2004. She has had a diverse career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on the national and international stage. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Soviet Union, Spain and the Netherlands.

Prior to teaching in Iowa, Wolfe taught violin, viola and chamber music at Oklahoma State University for five years. During that time she was associate concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and performed frequent solo and chamber music concerts throughout the state.

As a chamber musician, she has performed with many noted musicians. Broadening her experiences and musical career as a freelance artist in New York City, she has performed and toured with the Jupiter Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the S.E.M. Ensemble, City Island Baroque Ensemble, in Broadway pit orchestras and with many other ensembles.

Orhon's professional career spans a wide variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music performing and teaching across the country and around the world. He has played with internationally recognized musicians and as soloist with orchestras across the country. He has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Opera Orchestra and a freelance musician throughout New England. He recently completed a European tour with the Fazil Say and Kudsi Erguner Jazz Quartet, performing at the Montreux, Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul and Izmir jazz festivals.

Orhon was a finalist and prize-winner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City, and was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He was the first double bass player ever to win the Grand Prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition.

Orhon joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. During the summer he teaches at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. He has served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, University of Massachusetts, Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, and Summer Strings Music Festival in Pocatello, Idaho. Orhon is a D'Addario Diamond Performing Artist and performs exclusively on D'Addario Strings.

A native of Brazil, Faria came to the UI in 2003 to study flute. He has performed in many ensembles throughout the United States and Brazil, including the flute and guitar Duo Tramandua, the Pe De Si Flute Quartet and the Milhaud Woodwind Quintet, and he is an active orchestral performer. He was the winner of the Young Soloist -- Maestro Eleazar de Carvalho award in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 2002.

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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