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Iowa Jazztet and Oddbar Trio plus Trombone join for free concert March 23

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Jazztet, a jazz sextet made up of faculty and graduate students of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 23 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The faculty performers in the Jazztet are trombonist John Rapson, who is head of the jazz studies program at the School of Music, and saxophonist Matt Sintchak. Graduate student players are Brent Sandy, trumpet; Alex Lunsqui, piano; Anton Hatwich, bass; and Tim Crumley, drums.

For the concert School of Music percussion teacher Dan Moore will be featured as vibraphone soloist.

The Jazztet will share the program with the Oddbar Trio Plus Trombone. The trio comprises trumpeter Sandy with UI alumni Steve Grismore, guitar, and Jim Dreier, drums. The added trombone for the March 23 concert will be Rapson.

The Iowa Jazztet is devoted to the performance of original works and classic small-ensemble jazz. The group was founded by Tom Davis, a professional jazz percussionist and the former percussion teacher at the UI School of Music, and took its name from a famed professional group led by Iowa native Art Farmer and Benny Golson. Over the past four years the Iowa Jazztet has produced more than 50 compositions and arrangements and did a three-week tour of Brazil in the summer of 1996.

The Iowa Jazztet's program will include three works by Michael Lee, a member of the Village Vanguard Orchestra in New York who was recently a guest of the jazz studies area and performed with the Jazztet in Iowa City.

Moore will be the featured soloist on "Soul Sauce" by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo. "Continued Obscurity" by Los Angeles composer Kim Richmond will feature saxophonist Sintchak and pianist Lunsqui, who is a graduate composition student from Brazil.

Other works on the program will be Rapson's "Paradox" and "Nostalgia in Times Square" by Charlie Mingus.

The Oddbar Trio has put together its own unique repertoire to accommodate its somewhat unusual instrumentation that lacks a bass instrument. This includes originals from each member of the group as well as re-workings of familiar standards. The March 23 program will use material from a recently-recorded CD, to be released on the Nine Winds label under the title "The Lost Art Cafe."

Titles include "Little Ditty," Suzy Bluesy" and "Snap, Crackle, Pop" by Grismore; "Psycho Cycle" and Six-Beat Cajun Mambo" by Dreier; "Cletus" and "Perpendicular Promenade" by Sandy; and Rapson's arrangement by Sun Ra's "A Call for All Demons" and Edgar Sampson's "Stompin' at the Savoy."

Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. His recent experimental jazz recording "Dances and Orations" has been hailed as "one of the most vital CDs to come around in a long time" in Jazziz and as "a conceptual and musical triumph" by Josef Woodard in the Independent.

Previous albums under Rapson's direction are "Bing" for Sound Aspects, and "Buwah" and "Deeba dah bwee" for Nine Winds. He has also recorded "A Mingus Among Us" and "Been There, Done That" with Johnson County Landmark.

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1995. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. A nationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, he has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he considers himself a "total percussionist."

For the past 12 years Moore has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD "Cricket City" has been described by Pan-lime Magazine as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces." As a member of the duo, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered and natural acoustic sounds in a vivid array of sonic textures.

A visiting professor at the UI, Sintchak has previously taught at the University of Hartford; Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.; and at Eastman., where he won a 1996-97 Teaching Prize. An avid performer of contemporary music, Sintchak has also given traditional solo recitals on the East coast and performed with Hartford and Portland symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic, and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on two tours to Japan. He has also performed with several alternative groups including the Jupiter Saxophone Quartet, the first honors/scholarship saxophone ensemble in the history of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Sintchak studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory, and the Paris Conservatory on a grant from the Beebe Foundation. He recently completed his doctorate in saxophone performance with a Performer's Certificate from Eastman.

3/6/98