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Kansas University jazz group to perform specially arranged pieces with Alaturka

October 31, 2013


The Kansas University Jazz Ensemble I is joining Kansas City-based ensemble Alaturka in concert for a special performance at the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

KU student composers and director of KU jazz studies, Dan Gailey, wrote new arrangements of Alaturka’s original pieces to include a big band for this concert. Student composers David von Kampen, Clint Ashlock and Brock Chart have won DownBeat Student Music Awards this year for previous works.

Alaturka is a quartet that fuses jazz and Turkish music to create a new hybrid sound, while maintaining a balance between the two contrasting genres. Comprised of director Beau Bledsoe, KU alums Jeff Harshbarger and Rich Wheeler, and Brandon Draper, the unique ensemble has received invitations to perform in the United States and abroad.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Contact the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., to purchase tickets: 785-843-2787 or


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