September 16, 2010

Percussion group, jazz ensemble plan concert

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The swing and the beat come to Shryock Auditorium next week when the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Percussion Group joins the SIUC Studio Jazz Orchestra for a Sept. 23 concert.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium.

The percussion group will present percussion music from Guinea and Africa, and music from the contemporary American composer Adam Zygmunt.

Zygmunt’s music reflects his studies of drumming, xylophone and dance in Ghana and Balinese music. More recently, Zygmunt was the coordinator of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University. His performance credits include a broad range of instruments and venues across the country.

The Studio Jazz Orchestra, the top student jazz ensemble at SIUC, offers a variety of modern and big band music for this performance. It welcomes special guest, School of Music faculty member Eric Mandat, on clarinet for the Mary Lou Williams and Benny Goodman collaboration, “Roll ‘Em.”

Mandat, professor and Distinguished Scholar at SIUC, is a leading clarinetist and an internationally recognized musician. His performance schedule takes him all over the United States and to Europe and Asia as well as into the recording studio. Mandat is part of the chamber music arm of the Chicago Symphony, and a member of the experimental recording and touring group, the Tone Road Ramblers.

The Studio Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Tim Pitchford. Ron Coulter leads the SIUC Percussion Group.

Tickets for this event are $12 for adults, $6 for students. Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before the performance or through Southern Tickets at or at 618/453-6000.