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Borealis Brass trombonist presents free recital

Oct. 19, 2007

KALAMAZOO-- Dr. James Bicigo, trombonist with Borealis Brass, will give a free, public performance at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

Bicigo will perform works by Launy Grondahl and Alexandre Guilmant, along with one of his original compositions. Joining him on two selections will be his wife, Karen Gustafson, trumpet professor at the University of Alaska.

Bicigo is an associate professor of low brass and composition at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. In addition to playing trombone for Borealis Brass, he performs with the Fairbanks Symphony and Arctic Chamber Orchestras. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Bicigo gives clinics throughout the United States, and his solo performances have been broadcast internationally.

As a member of Borealis Brass, Bicigo has toured throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, Japan and Italy. The group performed three concert series in Rome, including one for the Vatican's Jubilee celebration in 2000. Borealis Bass has performed at the International Women's Brass Conference and the UNESCO World Forum on Music, and recently finished recording sessions for its first CD.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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