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Brazilian Percussion Ensemble Performs at KSC

KEENE, N.H., 01/12/10 - The KSC Music Department welcomes the São Paulo State University Percussion Ensemble for a performance on Tuesday, January 19, at 7:45 p.m in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Brazilian São Paulo State University Percussion Ensemble Grupo PIAP was created by John Boudler in 1978 as vehicle for academic and artistic training, and to promote percussion repertoire in Brazil.

Since then the group has produced 75 graduates who study, play, and/or teach in several states throughout Brazil and around the globe. Over the years they have become a permanent fixture of the Brazilian musical scene through concerts, recordings, and radio and television appearances. They have received many prizes and awards and have produced three CDs. During the 2010 North American tour, the group will perform only Brazilian works by composers who have a special connection to the ensemble’s history, such as colleagues, friends, alumni, collaborators, or historically prominent musical figures.

The ensemble’s North American tour will include 18 concerts and 37 master classes made possible with funding from São Paulo State University.

In 1978 Boudler was a tenured professor of percussion at the São Paulo State University when he founded the percussion program. In addition to his orchestral and academic duties, he has performed as soloist with major Brazilian orchestras and has presented several solo percussion recitals. He studied percussion with George D’Anna, with Vic Firth at the New England Conservatory of Music and at the Berkshire Music Festival in Tanglewood, with Jan Williams and Lynn Harbold at State University of New York-Buffalo, and with James Dutton while completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Before moving to Brazil in 1978, Boudler was a member of the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and the S.E.M. Ensemble, and he performed in various concerts and on tour with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1977, he earned the highest prize awarded at the 26th International ARD Solo Percussion Competition in Munich, Germany.

For more information, contact the Music Department at 603-358-2177.

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