FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: October 22, 2002

          Contact: Donna McCracken 206-6716


UIS world music program focuses on flute and percussion


SPRINGFIELD – “Storytelling with the World’s Instruments: The Native American Flute and Ethnic Percussion,” a lecture/demonstration by native American flute specialist Mark Holland and ethnomusicologist N. Scott Robinson, will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, November 4, in the Studio Theater, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program is free and open to the public.

Holland and Robinson will discuss the history and the playing contexts and practices of the native American flute and a variety of world percussion instruments, illustrating the lecture with demonstrations.  The audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions during the event.

Holland is a classically trained composer/arranger known for “playing from the heart,” emphasizing improvisation from ethnic and jazz influences while composing for eclectic instrumentation. His publishing and record label Cedar ’n’ Sage Music, started in 1997, has recorded seven CDs to date and he has performed with such artists as R. Carlos Nakai.

Robinson, an ethnomusicologist and percussionist, is an active teacher and presenter on world music and hand drumming topics for a variety of audiences. He currently teaches at Kent State University=s Center for the Study of World Musics. His video “Hand Drumming: Exercises for Unifying Technique” was released in 1996.

Sharon Graf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology in UIS= Sociology/Anthropology



program, noted, “The study of music in its social context in American society and in other world cultures has long been an emphasis of the Sociology/Anthropology program, which has offered a very popular Jazz in American Culture course for several years. By hosting events such as this, we hope to bring students and faculty in the social sciences and humanities together with interested community members, and to increase awareness of the diversity and relevance of studies in anthropology and sociology.”

UIS sponsors of the event are the Speakers’ Award Committee, Sociology/Anthropology program, Native American Flute Circle, and World Percussion Ensemble. For more information, contact Graf by phone at 206-6570 or e-mail