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Sept. 25, 2008

Hancher presents Global Drum Project in West High Auditorium Oct. 15

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will present the Global Drum Project, featuring former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussein, Nigerian talking-drum master Sikiru Adepoju and versatile Latin percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the West High School Auditorium.

The performance was relocated from Hancher, which is closed as a consequence of the June flood.

Hart, Hussein, Adepoju and Hidalgo have reunited to summon the magic of the legendary 1991 "Planet Drum" album -- the first album to win the Grammy Award for World Music.

Hart says, "This is a deep drumming groove. We're taking the archaic rhythm worlds into outer space . . . it's a sound yoga of processed acoustic percussion headed straight for the trance zone that becomes a dance of ancient and modern worlds. Deep drumming is a skeleton key into these realms."

The Oct. 15 performance is supported by Doug and Amy Moore and West Music Company, with media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Tickets are $45, $40 and $35 ($40.50 and $15 for UI students; $40.50, $36 and $31.50 for senior citizens; $31.50, $28 and $24.50 for youth). Tickets may be ordered online at

The Hancher box office, also displaced by the June flood, is now open for phone or walk-up business in Suite 107 in the south building of the Lindquist Center, at the corner of Madison and Burlington Streets, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.  Parking is available in the metered lot by the UI Main Library on Madison St., or in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp at the corner of Clinton and Burlington streets.

From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at

A satellite box office will be set up at West High School the evening of the event, with any remaining tickets for sale one hour before showtime.

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PHOTOS: Photos are available at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073 (office), 310-430-1013 (cell),