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Jan. 21, 2005

Moore Presents 'One-Man Electro-Acoustic Odyssey' At The Englert Feb. 4

Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present "Wired! One-Man Electro-Acoustic Odyssey" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 in the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City.

Moore's solo faculty performance will showcase electronic percussion, including the fully electronic Zendrum and the acoustic/electronic hybrid MIDImarimba. In a unique feature of Moore's innovative performance, the electronic percussion is seamlessly combined with acoustic percussion instruments.

The Zendrum is a digital MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controller designed for hand percussionists. The MIDImarimba is an instrument that Moore developed on which the player can produce acoustic and electronic sounds simultaneously. The recently redesigned instrument utilizes a custom-built marimba as the acoustic base for MIDI technology.

"This concert will showcase my on-going research in combining acoustic and electronic percussion instruments," Moore said. "The centerpiece is the MIDImarimba. This newly redesigned instrument debuted during my fall sabbatical 'Up East' tour in performances at Brooklyn College, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and the Hartt School, among others, all the way up to the University of Maine. The MIDImarimba and I logged quite a few miles together."

The program will include both some of Moore's own compositions, created for electronic percussion, as well as jazz and pop standards that Moore has adapted to his instruments. The full program will be:

-- "Now, Here, This" by Moore;

-- "Boston Marathon" by Gary Burton;

-- "Arcanery #1" by Moore;

-- "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis;

-- "My Funny Valentine" by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart;

-- "Bamboo" by Mike Mainieri;

-- "Walk on By" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David;

-- "Island Sunset" by Moore; and

-- "No, Woman, No Cry" by Vincent Ford.

Moore's concert is only the second UI performance in the newly re-opened Englert Theater and the first UI faculty recital to be held there. "I'm thrilled to present the first UI faculty solo recital at the Englert," Moore said. "The space is quite beautiful -- it will be exciting for me to perform there."

The percussion area head at the UI School of Music, Moore is a "total percussionist" with wide experience in the vast field of percussion. He has performed as an orchestral percussionist, drummer, keyboardist, hand percussionist and multi-percussionist.

Moore's 2005 solo CD, "Now, Here, This," features the MIDImarimba along with vibraphone, two Zendrums (MIDI controllers designed for hand percussionists), a drumKAT Turbo (MIDI controller designed for drummers), a Yamaha cocktail kit (a replica of a drumset used in the 1920s and '30s), and acoustic percussion instruments from China, Brazil, Africa, Hawaii, Cuba and the Middle East.

Moore has performed throughout the United States, and in Japan and China. The Britain/Moore Duo, formed with Nashville-based steel drummer Mat Britain, has toured since 1985 with their eclectic mix of percussion. Their 2001 CD "Little World of Rhythm" was described by a reviewer as having "a musical spirit that lifts the soul."

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Moore co-hosts KSUI's weekly jazz and world music radio program "As Night Falls," alternating with UI President David Skorton. Moore received his undergraduate degree from East Texas State University, a master degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a national performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, a signature mallet artist for Innovative Percussion, and an Educational Board member for the Latin Percussion Music Group (LP). He is an endorsee for Sabian cymbals, and is a member of the Zendrum 21st Century Techno-Tribe. His compositions and arrangements are published by Innovative Percussion, Creative Music and Cricket City Music.

Admission to "Wired!" will be $10 adults, $5 for UI students and seniors. Tickets are available from the Englert Box Office, 221 E. Washington in downtown Iowa City. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For additional ticket information, call the box office at 319-688-2653.

The mission of the Englert Civic Theatre, Inc. is to own, maintain and operate the Englert Theatre as a community arts center and performance space, enhancing the vitality of Iowa City's historic downtown by preserving its last historic  theater.

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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