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Trombonist Stuart Dempster to join BYU Group for Experimental Music for Sept. 17 concert

Brigham Young University’s Group for Experimental Music will be joined by Stuart Dempster for a performance Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Dempster is well-known as a trombonist, didjeriduist and composer. For many years he has been redefining what the trombone can do and changing improvisational music. Dempster is a professor emeritus of the University of Washington and has recorded for many labels, including Columbia, Nonesuch and New Albion.

As a leading figure in development of trombone technique and performance, Dempster published his landmark book “The Modern Trombone: A Definition of Its Idioms” in 1979. He is a member of Cathedral Band and a founding member of Deep Listening Band.

Dempster will be assisted in the performance by BYU’s Christian Asplund, who is a composer-performer specializing in viola, harmonium and piano. He co-founded Seattle Experimental Opera, which has produced seven of his operas.

BYU’s Group for Experimental Music is a virtuoso student ensemble specializing in spontaneous and collaborative music-making. Through intensive rehearsal they develop original compositions.

For more information, contact Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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