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Oct. 17, 2006

Natalia Zukerman Brings Musical Mix To WSUI's 'Talk of Iowa Live' Oct. 27

Nationally regarded musician Natalia Zukerman will bring her strong yet delicate sound mix of jazz, blues and folk to Iowa City as she performs on "Talk of Iowa Live," broadcast locally on University of Iowa station WSUI-AM 910, at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

The program, hosted by Ben Kiefer, is broadcast live from the Java House, 211 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. The public is invited to join the audience for the program.

Growing up in New York, Zukerman was immersed in music as the daughter of violinist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman and flutist/writer Eugenia Zukerman. Additionally, her sister Arianna is an opera singer, and her paternal grandfather played clarinet in klezmer bands in Poland and later Israel. But she bucked the trend and focused on her talents as a guitarist.

The New Yorker put it best when it wrote that Zukerman "has chosen to forsake grand performance halls for a dusty resophonic slide guitar in small clubs. She has nimble fingers capable of picking upward of 30 notes per measure, and when she sings she can switch from scat to swoon in the course of a glissando."

She has composed three albums including her latest, "Only One," which she recorded at home to create an intimate, unpolished, and almost-live sound.

Zukerman will also perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on Iowa Public Radio stations WSUI AM 910 Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 Ames/Des Moines, KTPR-FM 91.1 Fort Dodge, KOWI-FM 97.9 Lamoni and KWOI-FM 90.7 Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It is also broadcast several days later on cable TV over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Colin Burke