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April 22, 2005

May 7 'World Music Extravaganza' Will Feature Chinese Percussionist

Jiao Shan Lin, professor of percussion at the China Conservatory of Music and the People's University for Nationalities in Beijing, China, will be a guest of the percussion area of the University of Iowa School of Music for their annual "World Music Extravaganza," presented at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, which will be free and open to the public, will feature performances by the UI Pan-American Steel Band, the Steel Band II and the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble. Appearing with Jiao and the UI groups will be steel pan performer Jimmy Finnie from Indiana State University.

The concert will be under the direction of Dan Moore, the head of the percussion area at the UI School of Music. James Dreier is the director of the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Jiao will be at the UI for two weeks, teaching traditional Chinese percussion to UI students. In addition to the World Music Extravaganza, he will also be a guest on radio station KSUI's "Know the Score LIVE!," broadcast from Clapp Recital Hall at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer on KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque), will take place before a live audience and will be broadcast over KSUI at that time as well as 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 8, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. You may also on the Internet at http://ksui.uiowa.edu.

The diverse program for the May 7 concert will be in four parts:

-- the UI Steel Band II and Finnie will play Lord Kitchener's "Soca Evelyn" and "Pan Here to Stay," and "Open Up" by Dispatch.

-- Jiao will direct performances of classic and contemporary percussion music of China, with selections to be announced from the stage;

-- the UI PanAmerican Steel Band will play "Sinister Minister" by Bella Fleck, Victor Wooten and Roy Wooten, arranged by Amandes; and

-- the combined Iowa World Percussion Ensembles will present Lennon/McCartney's "Day Tripper," arranged by Chappell, and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" as arranged for percussion by O'Conner and Moore.

The concert is the result of the Iowa/China Exchange program sponsored by UI International Programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

"I traveled to China in Summer 2002 where I met Prof. Jiao," Moore explained. "I spent three weeks in Beijing teaching western music and American Jazz, and learning as much as I could about Chinese music.

"Next came a grant from the College of Liberal Arts for the purchase of Chinese percussion instruments that were then shipped to us directly from Beijing, and that we will use for this concert.

"As a result of tightened American security it has been very difficult to bring Prof. Jiao to Iowa. After considerable effort on the part of International Programs and others we were finally able to secure a travel visa, and he will be able to spend two weeks in Iowa teaching our students Chinese percussion.

"Proving my 'Little World of Rhythm' theory is the fact that Jimmy Finnie and I met Jiao Shan Lin on separate trips to China -- and now all three will come together for this historic concert in Iowa City!"

Jiao is a multi-instrumentalist who has extensive experience performing in traditional Chinese opera. As a contemporary and traditional Chinese percussionist he has performed in numerous countries, but this is his first trip to the United States.

Finnie joined the Indiana State University music faculty in 1994. Before moving to Indiana, he taught at East Texas State University and performed with the Northeast Texas Symphony and the Panhandlers Steel Drum Band. He is featured as marimba soloist on the Indiana State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble's 1997 compact disc, "Symphonic Moments," and he has completed several recording projects with the Indiana State University Faculty Wind Ensemble.

As director of Indiana State University's Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band, Finnie has presented numerous concerts on public school and university campuses throughout Indiana. In 1996, his ensembles were featured at the Indiana Music Educators Association annual conference in Indianapolis, and in 1997 he presented a concert at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

Finnie was also principal timpanist for the Terre Haute Symphony from 1994 to 1999 and was featured during the fall 1997 season as percussion soloist with the orchestra. He has presented concerts in both solo and chamber settings throughout the United States and Canada. He has been a summer faculty member at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is an Artist Clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company and the Innovative Percussion Mallet Company.

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 percussionist."

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."

In 1998 Moore received a grant from the UI Central Investment Fund for Research Excellence to produce a CD of his arrangements of the Percussion Pops music of legendary percussionist Dick Schory, a pioneer of the contemporary percussion ensemble. "Percussion Pops 2000 presents Jungle Fever: The Music of Dick Schory" was recorded by the UI Recording Studios and released in 1999.

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. 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. 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.

Dreier teaches the drum set and coordinates the small jazz ensembles program for the jazz area of the UI School of Music. A member of the UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble, he also is director of the UI Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble and the Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Dreier is a founding member of the Latin-jazz group "Orquesta Alto Maiz," who have released five CDs. They were a featured group at the 1997 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Chicago and performed at the 1998 Montreux Jazz Festival. His other recording credits include "Odds and Ends" and "Lost Art Cafe" with the Odd Bar Trio, John Rapson's "Water and Blood," and "Before My Life" with Tim O'dell.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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