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April 24, 2006

Iowa Percussion Presents World Percussion Extravaganza May 5

Iowa Percussion from the University of Iowa School of Music will present their annual World Percussion Extravaganza, featuring two steel bands, the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, and the World Percussion Ensemble, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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. 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 instruments -- 55-gallon oil barrels that have been carefully crafted into tuned musical instruments -- originated on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and have a remarkable sound that is immediately recognizable as Caribbean. 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.

Dan Stark, a faculty member in the Department of Dance who serves as the ensemble coordinator, leads the ensemble along with adjunct assistant professors James Dreier (School of Music) and Paul Cunliffe (Department of Dance).

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." He joined the UI music faculty in 1996 as only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI. For more information see:

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