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One-man jazz band to perform at UALR

Submitted by Mark Stanley on February 14, 2011 – 3:12 amNo Comment

International jazz musician Amir Gwirtzman will bring cultural swing to UALR at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. KUAR and the Hot Springs Music Festival are hosting the performance.

Gwirtzman, of Tel Aviv, Israel, plays 20 instruments, including wind and percussion instruments from around the world that are not traditionally heard in American jazz.

In his current U.S. tour, titled “Inhale-Exhale,” Gwirtzman performs solo. KUAR’s development director Mary Waldo said Gwirtzman begins his show performing on a single instrument. He then picks up another instrument and layers it over the first. He repeats this process with all the instruments in the show, culminating into a rich sound texture.

Noah McNair, a senior music major, identified this musical technique as, “loop station.” With the help of  a loop station pedal, a musician has the ability to instantly replay (loop) his or her music, and then play over (layer) music just performed. Although this technology has been around for over 25 years, it is generally used by musicians to practice and develop their compositions.Gwirtzmen’s presentation will employ this technology before a live audience.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for UALR students. Tickets may be purchased through KUAR online at, or by calling 569-8485.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend a free pre-show performance by Gwirtzman at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The exact location will depend on the number of attendees, but will either be in the choir room (FA 101) or the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. Contact music department chair Karen Bryan for details.

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