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Jazz drummer and composer speaks and debuts music at Loyola

April 16, 2010

Composer and master jazz drummer Eric Starr will lead a lecture and panel discussion at Loyola University New Orleans on “Music as Art in a Changing Culture,” featuring panelists and Loyola faculty members Jean Montès, D.M.A., director of orchestras, and Artemis Preeshl, M.F.A., assistant professor of theatre arts.

Starr will also give a drum clinic for College of Music students and debut an original piece with choreography by Preeshl during the upcoming Loyola Ballet production April 23 and 24.

The drum clinic, accompanied by a three-piece jazz ensemble, takes place Tuesday, April 20, in the Communications/Music Complex, Room 240, at 12:30 p.m. The lecture and panel discussion takes place at 7 p.m. in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium.

Both events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Biever Guest Lecture Series, the College of Music and Fine Arts, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and the Centre for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship.

The Loyola Ballet performances take place on April 23 and 24, at 8 p.m. in Roussel Hall. Starr’s latest composition, “They Are Afraid of Her,” written about the daughter of Crazy Horse, will premiere during the performances with choreography by Preeshl. Tickets to the ballet are $12 general admission and $8 all students, seniors, children and Loyola employees. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling 504-865-2074.

Starr has led an eclectic music career performing a wide variety of musical styles throughout his life. Starr studied drums with the legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello and has performed/recorded alongside such artists as The Chieftains, Dominic Miller, Iain Ballamy, Jim Rotondi, Kenny Ascher, and Bobby Militello among other internationally recognized musicians.

He has performed at numerous music festivals throughout North America including the Connecticut Jazz Festival, Undercurrents (Cleveland, Ohio), Beaches Jazz Festival (Toronto), North by Northwest (Toronto), South by Southwest (Austin, Texas), Edenfest (Ontario) and the CMJ Music Festival (New York City).

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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