Saturday, May 02, 2009

Get Ionized with the HSU Calypso Band and Percussion Ensemble

Recently returned from performances at the Northwest Percussion Festival in Oregon, the HSU Percussion Ensemble, HSU World Percussion Group, and the Humboldt State Calypso Band present their combined spring concert on May 2 in the Van Duzer Theatre.

The Percussion Ensemble performs “Ionisation” by 20th century modern experimental composer Edgard Varese. “Ionisation is widely considered the most important composition in the entire percussion ensemble repertoire,” said director Dr. Eugene Novotney. It calls for an array of instruments and sounds, including maracas, guiros, cow bells, bongos, sleigh bells, castanets, a glockenspiel, a lion’s roar, two anvils, and two hand- crank sirens. The Ensemble uses the exact low-pitch fire siren Varese specified in his 1931 score, and an authentic high-pitch combat field siren.

Also during the first half of the combined concert, the HSU Marimba Band plays the folkloric marimba music of Mexico, Guatamala and Africa, and the HSU World Percussion Group conducted by Howard Kaufman performs the folkloric music of Cuba, ending with an exciting rendition of the famous carnival music, Conga de Comparsa.

As always, the second half of the concert belongs to the Humboldt State Calypso Band, one of Humboldt County’s most popular ensembles. The band is dedicated to the performance of traditional and contemporary music from the Caribbean, Africa, Brazil, Cuba and the United States, and always includes high-energy dance music.

The combined spring concert of the HSU Percussion Ensemble, World Percussion Group and Calypso Band happens on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $7 general, $3 students/seniors, from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. First 50 HSU students free with ID. Directed by Dr. Eugene Novotney and Howard Kaufman; presented by the HSU Department of Music.

Media: Arcata Eye, North Coast Journal, Humboldt State Now.

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