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March 30, 2005

Japanese Saxophonist Sugawa Performs Berio, Jazz And Tangos At UI April 14

Nobuya Sugawa, one of Japan's most distinguished saxophonists, will present a free guest recital for the University of Iowa School of Music, performing with pianist Minako Sugawa at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their diverse program will include American jazz, Argentine art-music tangos and 20th-century concert music:

  • an arrangement of Jimmy Dorsey's "Oodles and Noodles";
  • "Jazz Etude" by Toshiyuki and Naomi Honda;
  • Luciano Berio's "Sequenza IXb";
  • George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" as arranged by Jun Nagano;
  • "Madrid Inspire" by Masanori Kato; and
  • a set of pieces by by Astor Piazzolla, featuring "Escualo," "Oblivion" and "Libertango" as arranged by Teho.

Sugawa studied at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. Widely admired by young Japanese saxophonists, he makes about 100 recital and concert appearances a year and has recorded more than 20 CDs, including highly acclaimed Takashi Yoshimatsu's Saxophone Concerto "Cyber-bird" with the BBC Philharmonic, and "MADE IN JAPAN," a disk of contemporary Japanese music.

He has worked with most of Japan's leading orchestras, the Philharmonia, the BBC Philharmonic, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Orchestra d'Harmonie de la Garde Republicaine, the Aargauer Symphonie Orchester in Switzerland and the Wutterbergische Philharmonie in Germany.

In 2001, he worked with NHK Symphony Orchestra on their regular program, conducted by Charles Dutoit. He toured with the jazz bassist Ron Carter in 2000 and with the guitarist Martin Taylor in 2002. He has also given master classes at music colleges throughout Japan, Europe and the United States.

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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