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4 Musicians, 30 Instruments-Kassaba In Concert October 2

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2004

The innovative quartet Kassaba will perform at the Clark on Saturday, October 2, at 8 p.m. The group, whose unique musical style fuses progressive jazz with classical and even hip-hop, features piano, bass, saxophones, and 25 percussion instruments from different nations. Tickets are $15 ($12 for members) and are available at the Clark museum shop or by telephoning 413-458-0524.

Kassaba will present an all-original program of music composed by artistic director and pianist Greg Slawson. The October 2 program will include "Should I Use My Shirt?," "Risky Operation," "The Stirring Epic of Popcorn Bunnie," and "Zones of Mystery."

The four musicians-Slawson, Candice Lee, Eric Hosemann, and Mark Boich-play different instruments during a single piece of music, with movement that flows across the stage like a choreographed work. Their percussion instruments include the udu, talking drum, ocean drum, djembe, claves, tabla, vibratone, frame drum, agogo, and more. The quartet is based in Ohio and has performed at many venues and festivals in that area. Their debut CD, Zones, was hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for "a performance style that probably should be seen, as well as heard."

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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