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April 20, 2006

Iowa Percussion Presents World Percussion Extravaganza May 5

Iowa Percussion from the University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual World Percussion Extravaganza, featuring two steel bands, the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble and the World Percussion Ensemble, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

Dan Moore, director of the World Percussion Ensemble and head of the percussion area in the UI School of Music, commented: "Iowa Percussion's annual World Percussion Extravaganza features music and dance from around the world, including China, Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad and the USA, with choreography by UI Dance Department faculty and students.

"This is the only time each year to hear all Iowa Percussion groups under one roof. The grand finale alone, with more than 50 performers on stage, will be worth the trip!"

One of the popular highlights of the concert is always the two UI steel bands -- the PanAmerican Steel Band and Steel Band II. The steel drums are actually 55-gallon oil barrels that have been carefully crafted into tuned musical instruments. Originating on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, these tuned drums have a remarkable timbre that is immediately recognizable as a Caribbean sound. They characteristically play the infectious Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles -- even including arrangements of classical music.

The programs of the two steel bands will be announced from the stage, as will the program for the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble (ACDDE). An interdisciplinary music and dance group in the Division of Performing Arts, the ACDDE explores folkloric dance, drumming and songs of the culturally rich Afro-Cuban traditions.

The ensemble is led by Dan Stark, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Dance who serves as the ensemble coordinator, and adjunct assistant professors James Dreier (School of Music) and Paul Cunliffe (Department of Dance).

The World Percussion Ensemble will open its portion of the concert with traditional Chinese percussion music. Other music on the program will be an arrangement of "Day Tripper" by Lennon/McCartney, "Blues for Astor" and "Afro" by Paquito D'Rivera and concluding with a "Carnival Samba" from Brazil.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multi-percussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore has performed throughout the United States, and in Japan and China. Known for his expertise in electronic percussion, he developed the MIDI marimba, which he designed to augment the acoustic marimba with electronically-triggered sounds.

Moore is a national performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and Sabian Ltd., a signature artist for Innovative Percussion and an endorsee for the Latin Percussion Music Group. His compositions and arrangements are published by Innovative Percussion, Creative Music and Cricket City Music.

Admission to the World Percussion Extravaganza will be $12; $6 for UI students and youth. Tickets are available from the Englert Box Office, 221 E. Washington in downtown Iowa City. The box office is open from 1 to 6 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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