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Jan. 10, 2005

'Artistic Sensation' Arkady Shilkloper Plays At UI Jan. 21

Arkady Shilkloper, one of the world's few jazz artists on the horn, will present a free University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The UI visit is the first leg of an extensive concert tour of universities in the United States. During his visit to the UI Campus, Shilkloper will present his solo recital on Jan. 21 and give an improvisation workshop, "Freedom in Music," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

Called an "artistic sensation" by Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather, Shilkloper is a unique artist who attracts attention and critical praise all over the world. The Independent of London wrote of his group the Moscow Art Trio, "Once word gets out, this will be the band to book for every festival going." And in a review for Jazz Times, Feather further wrote, "His control of the instrument, and his blowing creativity have set a new standard . . ."

Jeffrey Agrell, an improvising horn player and composer who teaches horn at the UI School of Music, said, "If there is such a thing as the best horn player on the planet, it is Arkady Shilkloper. He is most often called a jazz hornist, but what he does goes far beyond that label. He also plays alphorn and fluegelhorn, and it would take quite a while to even list everything he can do!"

In a 1988 review for the journal Horn Call, Agrell also wrote, "Shilkloper and his bass player swing like nobody's business. He rips and riffs and goes places that horn players aren't supposed to go without a net, map, seat belt, crash helmet, overhead air support and a note from their mothers. And he does so with extraordinary ease and musicality."

A native of Moscow, Russia, Shilkloper studied at the Moscow Military Music Academy before becoming a member of the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre and the Bolshoi Brass Quintet. With this ensemble and as a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra he undertook numerous worldwide concert tours. He started playing jazz with bass player Mikhail Karetnikov avant-garde jazz with saxophonist Sergei Letov and tuba player Arkady Kirichenko.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Shilkloper has worked independently as a solo performer, in a duo with pianist Misha Alperin, and since 1991 with Alperin and Sergei Starostin in the Moscow Art Trio. In 1994 he played with Lionel Hampton, Elvin Jones, Lew Soloff and Herb Ellis at a music festival in Moscow, Idaho, and presented guest lectures while in the United States. He has also worked with Pierre Favre's "Singing Drums" and Jon Christensen in Christian Muthspiel's Octet Ost. Since 1997 he has played with two additional Russian jazz trios, and he also participates in international projects and records as a guest musician with groups including the Vienna Art Orchestra.

Shilkloper has performed at leading jazz festivals including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Baltic Jazz Festival, Karlsruhe (Germany) Jazz Festival and Graz (Austria) Jazz Brass Festival. He also participates as a soloist and a teacher for brass instrument workshops and symposiums world-wide. Since 1998 the Boheme Music label has released eight of Shilkloper's CD recordings, including his two solo CDs, "Hornology" and "Pilatus."

Shilkloper's visit to the UI is made possible by grants from the UI School of Music and International Programs, with additional contributions from the UI horn studio. 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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