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Release: Aug. 30, 2002
STANDARD AIR WILL PLAY AT UI MUSEUM OF ART SEPT. 13
Standard AIR, a jazz trio from the University of Iowa School of Music, will
perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the University of Iowa Museum of
Art. Admission is free to the museum and to the performance.
The members of Standard AIR are Anton Hatwich, upright bass, Ira (John) Rapson,
trombone, and Robert Paredes, clarinet. The group takes its name from the
first initial of the three players first names: Anton, Ira and Robert. Rapson,
who is known to local jazz fans as John -- which he has used professionally
-- decided to use Ira, his given first name, to create the groups name.
The acoustic trio concentrates on jazz standards that are sometimes neglected
in the repertoire and on material that allows them to capitalize on their
unusual instrumentation. Bob plays both clarinet and alto saxophone,
while I have six mutes that I choose from, giving us the option to make the
color of our instruments as important to the performance as the melody and
the harmony, he said.
The group was originally founded as a vehicle for us to just rummage
through the standards book and play for our own enjoyment. And because we
don't have a standard rhythm section, the context left a lot of room for everyone
to solo with space to play very quietly and in every range of our instruments.
Rapson said that the group hasnt decided on a play list for Fridays
performance yet, but I expect well play Coltranes Lament
for Lonnie, Ellington and Strayhorns Warm Valley,
my own Clara Pear, some standards and an individual solo number
from each of the members.
Hatwich is a graduate of the UI School of Music and a visiting faculty member
at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. He has performed classical, jazz and contemporary
music with a variety of ensembles.
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. The CD scored
10 out of 10 for artistic merit in Grammophone magazines Good
CD Guide for jazz recordings, which also called it beautiful and
Paredes has been described as one of the hidden greats of the American
experimental tradition. He received a doctorate in composition from
the UI after studies with the experimental composer Kenneth Gaburo, and has
been and Artist-in-Residence at several schools and organizations. He is an
experienced jazz and studio musician, an accomplished Klezmer clarinetist
and a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble.
The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Admission
is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north
of the museum.
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