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Oct. 13, 2005

Photo: Danish marimba player Kai Stensgaard. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

Innovative Marimba Player Will Perform At UI Oct. 25

Danish marimba player Kai Stensgaard will perform a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa percussion area, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

A pioneer of the technique of playing the marimba with six mallets -- three in each hand -- rather than the usual two or four, Stensgaard will play several of his own works, as well as arrangements for marimba of Classical music and contemporary marimba music by others.

The complete program will be:

--"Mobile II" by Martin Knakkergaard.

--Stensgaard's "Triglyf I".

--His arrangement of "Asturias Leyenda" by Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz.

-- Andante" from a keyboard piece by J.S. Bach.

--Stensgaard's arrangements of "Tango in Skai" by Roland Dyens and the Gloria from "Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramirez.

--Stensgaard's "Pieces of Wood."

Dan Moore, head of the percussion are at the UI School of Music, commented: "Taking a cue from UI President David Skorton's stated goal of bringing the global community to Iowa to interact with our students and community, Iowa Percussion is pleased to be able to bring Stensgaard to Iowa for a recital."

Stensgaard was among the first Scandinavian musicians to approach the marimba as a serious solo instrument. Throughout the last 15 years he has toured extensively and given more than 3,000 concerts in various venues in Northern Europe, the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico, along with numerous radio and television broadcasts. He was recognized in 1989 as the first recipient of the North Jutland Music Award. He has produced four CDs displaying the marimba's myriad of textures.

His first CD, "Marimba Classic," consisted of transcriptions of classical music for marimba. His second, "Ballet in Dark," is a collection of newly composed marimba music, including a composition for marimba and symphony orchestra by Martin Knakkergaard. His third CD, "Singing Wood," was inspired by Central American folk music and displays the range of Stensgaard's performance repertoire. Among these works are several pieces featuring the six-mallet grip, of which he is a specialist. On his fourth CD, "Calabash," Stensgaard plays duets with the Danish saxophonist Jakob Mygind.

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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