Press Release for Wednesday, September 26, 2007

UNF Hosts Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will host the second season of the UNF Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series, which kicks off on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the UNF Recital Hall, featuring clarinetist/composer Eric Mandat with pianist Jeanne Golan. The second season will have an emphasis on world music as well as some traditional classic music.

Clarinetist/composer Eric Mandat tours extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, presenting lectures and recitals featuring new American clarinet music and extended performance techniques. He also performs regularly as part of the Chicago Symphony’s new highly-acclaimed contemporary chamber music series, MusicNow.

Mandat is a member of the Tone Road Ramblers, an eclectic sextet specializing in improvisation and experimental music. The Ramblers have performed throughout the United States, including Merkin Hall in New York for the 1997 World Music Institute Interpretations series.

As a composer, he focuses on works for clarinet solo and in small chamber ensembles. His compositions utilize multiphonics and microtones within a musical framework influenced largely by jazz and traditional music of non-Western cultures. Mandat is a recipient of a 2000-2001 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for composition.

The second season will also feature Layali El Andalus at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the UNF Recital Hall. Layali el Andalus is a band headed by master musician Rachid Halihal, performing music in the spirit of Muslim and Judeo ancient traditions of Andalusia, as well as contemporary and classical music from Arabic, Morrocan and Jewish cultures.

The band, equally comfortable in a concert hall, outdoor festival or a crowded club, is comprised of well-established musicians from Morocco, Israel and the United States. Each talented artist has their own impressive resume and diverse musical background.

For more information about the UNF Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series, contact Dr. Guy Yehuda, artistic director, at (904) 620-3836 or