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Release: March 17, 2000
Percussion duo to present improvised program, from jazz standards to be-bop
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Samuels/Sisto Duo, two jazz vibes and marimba players
with wide experience who are making their first tour together, will present
a University of Iowa guest performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1 in Harper
Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus. The performance will be
free and open to the public.
Dave Samuels and Dick Sisto have been friends ever since they attended Stan
Kenton jazz camps together many years ago. They have gone on to outstanding
musical careers -- both have played vibes and marimba with major jazz artists
-- but this is the first time they have worked together.
Their program on April 1 will feature improvised music, ranging from popular
jazz standards to be-bop and contemporary jazz.
Dan Moore, who heads the UI percussion program, has studied and performed
with Samuels on a number of occasions, and he has worked with Sisto for about
six years. "This performance will be a unique opportunity to hear two
great musicians in a very intimate setting," he said. "We are fortunate
to be included on their first tour together."
Dave Samuels is a veteran jazz performer. He has played vibes and marimba
with Frank Zappa and the popular group Spyro Gyra, among others. He is a member
of the Caribbean Jazz Project and has performed for more than 25 years as
part of Double Image, an ensemble he leads with fellow vibist David Friedman.
He has also released several solo recordings.
Dick Sisto is considered a musicians musician. He is a performer and
educator who teaches at the popular Abersold Jazz Camps. He performs throughout
the United States and England, working most recently at the Concord Club in
Southampton, England. His second CD, recorded with Kenny Werner, Barry Ries,
Drew Guess and Steve Davis, will be released in the fall.
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/.
Learn more about Samuels at his official website, <http://www.dsamuels.com/>.