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Release: April 9, 1999
Dan Moore and UI Percussion Ensemble will salute Earth
Day on free concert April 22
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble
will perform "Recycle Cycle" -- music performed on recyclable instruments
-- as part of a free concert on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in
Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
In honor of Earth Day, all of the instruments used for
the "Recycle Cycle" will actually be recycled at the end of the performance,
according to rules outlined in the Johnson County Recycling and Waste Reduction
Ensemble director Dan Moore said, "We wanted to start
out by literally 'cleaning up our act' for Earth day.
"We will play on things that people don't usually think
of as musical instruments, including newspaper and a variety of plastic and
glass containers. There will be a couple of surprising recycled instruments
In addition to this earth-friendly opener, the program
will also feature works for more conventional percussion instruments, including
the world premiere of "She, My Africa" by UI undergraduate percussion student
Cormac Cannon and the Midwest premiere of "Gate to Heaven" by David R. Gillingham,
with UI doctoral student Brett E.E. Paschal as marimba soloist.
Percussionist James Dreier, a drumset performer and ethnic
percussion specialist, will lead an Afro-Cuban percussion ensemble in a performance
of traditional music. Other works closing out the program will be "Stubernic"
by Mark Ford and "Stained Glass" by David R. Gillingham.
The UI Percussion Ensemble is directed by UI music faculty
member Dan Moore, with the assistance of three graduate student assistant
conductors: Paschal, Jon-Marc Donald and Timothy Gavin Shaw.
"She, My Africa" was composed for the UI Percussion Ensemble
over the past winter. It was inspired by a poem written for Cannon's sister,
who served with the Peace Corps in West Africa. The thematic material is based
on a group of notes derived from the letters in "Africa": A, F, D-sharp (which
is written "ri" in some scale systems) and C.
A graduate of Cary-Grove High School in Cary, Ill., Cannon
has studied percussion with the Patricia Dash of the Chicago Symphony and
composition with Andrew Boysen of the University of New Hampshire.
"Gate to Heaven" was commissioned by the UI Percussion
Ensemble in a consortium with five other universities. The score is structured
as a concerto for solo marimba and percussion ensemble, written in three movements
performed without a break. Each movement reflects a stage of the
journey of the soul into heaven. The first movement, "Remission," represents
death and the consequences of the soul's former life. The second movement,
"Reflection," is a solemn look into the past life of the soul, suggesting
mixed emotions about that life. The final movement, "Redemption," invokes
an image of heaven.
Paschal, the soloist in "Gate to Heaven," holds degrees
from Eastern Washington University and the University of Tennessee. He has
an established career as percussion performer and educator and is a performing
artist for Encore Mallets.
The UI Percussion Ensemble provides students with performance
experience in wide-ranging contemporary styles, many different cultural traditions,
and the historical roots of percussion. With an extensive array of instruments
-- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that
can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Percussion Ensemble
performances run the gamut from gentle melodies to explosive outbursts of
Recently, the Percussion Ensemble celebrated the release
of a CD recreating music from a 1950s hit recording. The new CD, "Jungle Fever:
Dan Moore Plays the Music of Dick Schory," was recorded by the UI Recording
Studios and recording engineer Lowell Cross and released on the Ovation Records
The recording celebrates the accomplishments of Iowa native
Schory and his Percussion Pops Orchestra, who made several popular recordings
in the 1950s and early '60s including the1958 best-selling "Music for Bang,
Barroom, and Harp."
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 and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total
As a soloist, 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. For the past 12 years
he 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." He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America,
Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks
and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.
"Jungle Fever: Dan Moore Plays the Music of Dick Schory"
is available from Moore in the School of Music, at (319) 335-1632 or by e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also
available from Real Compact Discs and Records, located at 132 1/2 Washington
St. in Iowa City.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.