Spiro to perform at Afro-Cuban Jazz Summit

A weeklong Ida Beam residency by Latin percussionist Michael Spiro in the University of Iowa School of Music will include a free Afro-Cuban Jazz Summit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City, and a Latin Jazz Festival for high school jazz bands, including a free concert at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in the Parish Hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church at 320 E. College St.

While Spiro is at the UI, the public is invited to these free events:

  • A lecture/rehearsal with Johnson County Landmark, “Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad,” at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Trinity Church.
  • A conga clinic at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Trinity Church.
  • A lecture for the Caribbean Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program in International Programs from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the University Capitol Centre International Commons, Room 1117. The theme will be “Lessons Learned in Cuba: Integrating Traditional Wisdom with Modern Pedagogy,” and will explore how Spiro’s ideas on teaching have evolved and developed as a result of his early visits to Cuba, especially in relation to his work developing curriculum in higher education institutions.

Artists in the Afro-Cuban Jazz Summit will be the UI Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Performance Group and the UI Latin Jazz Ensemble, and Spiro with the Grammy-nominated Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet from San Francisco.

The residency by percussionist, author, and scholar Spiro, who teaches world percussion in the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, will include additional lectures, and clinics and rehearsals with UI students. He has traveled annually to Cuba since 1984.

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