Nov. 22, 2006
Clarinetist Mead, Pianist Dos Santos Present Mostly Brazilian Concert
A partnership between the University of Iowa School of Music and the musical life of Brazil will be renewed Thursday, Dec. 5, when clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and pianist Rafael Dos Santos join together for a performance at 8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Mead, a School of Music faculty member, and Dos Santos, a faculty member at Sao Paulo State University of Campinas, Brazil, will perform concert pieces for clarinet and piano by Brazilian composers, as well as improvisational music from Brazil on the program. Their UI faculty/guest recital will be free and open to the public.
The Brazilian concert works for clarinet and piano, largely by composers that are unfamiliar to North American audiences, will be the Sonatina of Ernst Mahle, the Concertino by Francisco Mingone, Three Pieces by Guerra Vicente and the Sonata by Guerra Vicente
Also on the program will be music by Brazilians Jacob do Bandolim and Pixinguinha, and a version of the traditional American hymn "Amazing Grace," which has become a signature piece for Mead.
Mead and Dos Santos have performed together, both in the United States and in Brazil, and they have recorded two CDs of Brazilian music together. Their collaboration began when Dos Santos was a student at the UI, studying both piano performance and jazz. It led eventually to live performances and the recording of "Over the Fence," a CD of choros -- a Brazilian form of improvisational popular music -- in 1998 and a second CD, "Red Hot and Brazilian," in 2001.
Mead has traveled to Brazil several times, including a tour with the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, concert tours with Dos Santos, and time spent in study of the Brazilian choros.
Dos Santos has returned to the UI several times for performances with the Johnson County Landmark (JCL) jazz band. He is currently back in Iowa as a participant in the concert by the UI Jazz Alumni All Stars, a reunion of many former UI jazz students that will form part of the School of Music Centennial Celebration. That free concert will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Clapp Recital Hall.
When it comes to the UI-Brazil connection, the Mead's concerts with Dos Santos are only the tip of the iceberg. Many School of Music faculty members have played and taught in Brazil, including members of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, pianist Rene Lecuona, UI jazz program director John Rapson, composer/pianist David Gompper and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Eberle.
The presence of the UI faculty in Brazil has also attracted a large number of Brazilian students to the School of Music. The Brazilian connection is also reflected in the presence of Brazilians on the UI faculty, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho at the School of Music and Armando Duarte in the Dance Department.
Mead has been the artist performer and teacher of clarinet at the UI School of Music since 1983. She has performed by invitation at International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the National Clarinet Symposium of Brazil and the College Band Directors National Association conference. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. A member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, she has performed with many chamber ensembles, including the Cleveland Quartet. For more, see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/WINDmead.htm
When he was a student at the UI, Dos Santos was pianist for JCL for three years and a teaching assistant in jazz studies for four years. He received a doctorate in piano performance from the UI in 1997. He was selected teaching assistant of the year at the UI in 1996.
Dos Santos is now a composer, arranger and piano professor at the Sao Paulo State University and co-director of the university's big band. He is also a very active performer of classical music, Brazilian music and jazz. In Brazil he has played solo and chamber music recitals throughout the country and has played with some of the country's leading jazz musicians. In recent years he has played in many shows with his samba-jazz quintet, the Cafe Forte (Strong coffee). His Web page in Portuguese can be found at: http://www.iar.unicamp.br/docentes/docente_rdsantos.html
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