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February 16, 2010

School of Music alumnus James Falzone to return in March for lectures, concerts with Allos Musica trio 

DeKalb, Ill. — Clarinetist, composer and Northern Illinois University alumnus James Falzone will bring his trio Allos Musica to campus Thursday, March 4, and Friday, March 5, for lectures and concerts.

All are free and open to the public. The highlight of the tour will be their concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Recital Hall. The Music Building is located at 550 Lucinda Ave.

Falzone is the director and clarinetist for Allos Musica and will be joined by Ronnie Malley on voice and percussion and Tim Mulvenna on hand drums and percussion.

The trio will perform Falzone’s original compositions as well as traditional Arabic and French repertoire. The music is an exploration of his interest in classical Arabic forms and tonal theory and crosses with his background in creative improvisation. The members of the trio have collectively performed throughout North and South America, Europe, India and the Far East.

Falzone’s work exists at the intersection of divergent streams. Equally at home in classical, jazz, improvised and various world music idioms, his career has garnered wide critical and peer respect for the way he traverses and connects these seemingly disparate paths.

He has been featured on numerous public radio and television programs and has performed in concert halls, festivals and jazz clubs throughout North America and Europe. In addition to appearing on numerous recordings as an ensemble member, he has released several critically acclaimed recordings as leader and his compositions have been performed by chamber and choral ensembles, orchestras and soloists throughout North America, Europe and Russia.

He has received numerous grants and awards for his work, and is the director of music and resident composer at Grace Chicago Church.

Educated at NIU and New England Conservatory, Falzone is a respected educator himself and is currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches in the New Millennium Studies program, an innovative first-year interdisciplinary seminar. He is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter at universities and colleges in the United States and abroad.

The recital is free and open to the public. The Music Building is accessible to all. For more information, contact Lynn Slater in the School of Music at lslater@niu.edu or (815) 753-1546.

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Media Contact: Robert Fleisher, NIU School of Music
Email: rfleisher@niu.edu