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April 22, 2005

Jazz Meets South Indian Music In May 5 Concert By Bassist Anthony Cox

Anthony Cox, an accomplished acoustic/electric bass player who is an adjunct member of the University of Iowa jazz faculty, will present a free recital together with fellow jazz faculty member Robert Paredes and the multi-cultural musical group Carnatic Energy at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The first half of the program will feature works from Cox's 2002 solo bass album "That and This," as well as duet improvisations with clarinetist Paredes.

The second half of the concert will be a performance by Carnatic Energy, a group that performs southern Indian carnatic music mixed with western jazz instruments. Members are Nirmala Rajesekar on vocals, Srinni Vassan on mridingam (the classic drum of south-Indian music), Marcus Wise on tablas (the familiar two-drum set that is used in north-Indian music), Cox on electric and upright bass and Brent Sandy on trumpet.

Carnatic Energy will have just returned from performing on "The Music of Ornette Coleman," April 21 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The concert, which Carnatic Energy will share with the bands including the Flux Quartet, Happy Apple, The Bad Plus and The Bad Apple, is part of the three-day Festival Dancing in Your Head.

From a home base in the Twin Cities, Cox has taught, performed a recorded around the world. He plays traditional jazz as well as post-bop and more avant-garde styles, and performs on equally well on upright string bass, string electric bass and Spanish acoustic bass. He has recorded with Dewey Redman, Geri Allen, Arthur Blythe, Mike Cain, Uri Caine and many others. He has recordings on several labels.

Ron Wynne described Cox in All Music Guides as "a fine bassist, versatile enough to work in any style effectively. He has recorded in various groups, recently issued his own recording. Cox does not identify with the 'young lion' hard bop movement, nor is he part of instrumental pop or fusion set. Rather he shifts between inspired straight jazz and more ambitious rock-tinged pieces."

An avid educator, Cox has held residencies at schools and arts agencies around the world, including in Hamburg, Germany; at the Knitting Factory and Riverside Church in New York; and the Twin Cities Jazz Society's "Jazz from J-Z" Music Series in St. Paul. He was curator of the Music Series at the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis and is a board member of Headwaters Music, a performance organization for new music located in Minneapolis.

He has presented master classes and clinics in Bozeman, Mont., Halifax, Nova Scotia and Berlin, and at many schools and colleges in between.

Robert Paredes has been described as "one of the hidden greats of the American experimental tradition." He received a doctorate in composition from the UI after studies with the experimental composer Kenneth Gaburo, and has been and Artist-in-Residence at several schools and organizations. He is an experienced jazz and studio musician, an accomplished Klezmer clarinetist and a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups including the OddBar Trio, the Grismore Scea Group and Equilateral. As a former member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and Oddbar he has made seven CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on "Jazzset with Branford Marsalis" on National Public Radio. He is an educational specialist/clinician for Conn/Selmer and a Conn Vintage One trumpet and flugelhorn artist.

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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