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Feb. 23, 2006

UI Arts Share's Target Community Concert Series Presents UI Percussion Ensemble

The Target Community Concert Series, presented by the University of Iowa Arts Share program, will present a free concert by Iowa Percussion at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be a "Mixed Bag of Percussion" featuring the PanAmerican Steel Band and guest artist Daniella Ganeva performing with Iowa Percussion's director, Dan Moore, a faculty member in the UI School of Music.

As a duo, Ganeva and Moore provide a study in contrasts: Ganeva, who was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Cuba, is a classically trained musician who champions contemporary music, while Moore is known for his work in jazz and ethnic music.

Ganeva made her debut at the age of 12, launching a career in which she has won several international music competitions. She now lives in the UK, and is today a highly sought after solo marimba artist -- recording, giving performances and conducting master classes worldwide.

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, multi-percussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore has performed throughout the United States, and in Japan and China. Known for his expertise in electronic percussion, he developed the MIDI marimba, which he designed to augment the acoustic marimba with electronically-triggered sounds.

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 received an undergraduate degree from East Texas State University, which recently awarded him its Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as a master's degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

The PanAmerican Steel Band plays the steel drums that were originally 55-gallon oil barrels. Originating on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, these tuned drums have a remarkable timbre that is immediately recognizable as the "Caribbean sound."

They characteristically play the infectious Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles -- even including arrangements of classical music.

One of the most active performing groups at the UI School of Music, Iowa Percussion presents concerts and educational programs on campus and across Iowa. Each year the group performs for hundreds of Iowa school children through the UI Arts Share program.

Formed in 1958 as the UI Percussion Ensemble, the organization performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

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 -- Iowa Percussion performances are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa -- a goal in perfect synch with the UI Year of Public Engagement.

To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The program also sponsors a variety of on-campus performances available to school groups from throughout the region.

The 2005-06 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles, with options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Many schools have scheduled several Arts Share artists to create a concentrated arts day, or have engaged an artist to make multiple visits, enabling their guidance of long-term projects.

Arts Share sponsors for 2005-06 include Alliant Energy Foundation, the Optimists, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and Target Stores.

Arts Share is the outreach program of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Music is one of the division's academic departments.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu

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