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November 07, 2005

ASU Gammage
Mill Avenue & Apache Blvd., Tempe
Saturday, November 12, 2005
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Free. No ticket required.

For one evening only at ASU Gammage, the musical worlds of alternative, classical, rock, hip-hop and digital sound will collide. SoundRave, a freeevent presented by the ASU Herberger College School of Music and ASU Gammage, on Saturday, November 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 is a musical marathon. Guests are encouraged to come and go as they please throughout the evening, staying for one - or all - of the night's featured performers.

Kicking off the events, outside ASU Gammage will be composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. Described as "Beethoven meets Lenny Kravitz," Roumain seamlessly blends funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music to create a new sonic vision. Voted "#3 Best Classical Moment of 2003" by The New York Times and raved about by critics from classical and popular music fields alike, Roumain is the ideal musician to start up the boundary-breaking show.

Following Roumain's performance, three local bands will compete in a "Battle of the Bands" for a $750 prize and the opportunity to open for Daniel Bernard Roumain's spring concert to be held at the Orpheum in downtown Phoenix. The competing bands will play a variety of musical styles including rock, reggae and punk.

The announcement of the "Battle of the Bands" winner concludes the outside portion of the evening, and the audience will be invited into the lobby where sound artist tanner menard and the ASU Wind Symphony will create an edgy pre-concert sound installation entitled "cosmi[c]ity music."

The first performance on the Gammage stage will be the premiere of a piece by Arizona composer Kenneth LaFave. LaFave's piece, "Gateways: Concerto for Electric Guitar, Singers and Symphonic Band," was fashioned as an answer to the division between popular and classical music. The concerto is for electric guitar and band with a chorus that will sing in Medieval and blues style. World-renowned Jazz guitarist Paul Bollenback will perform the concerto.

The last piece of the night, "Circus Maximus," also known as "Symphony No. 3," was written and will be conducted by Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Corigliano. Corigliano is internationally celebrated as one of the leading composers of his generation. He has won global acclaim for his highly expressive and compelling compositions and ever-expanding technique in orchestral, chamber, opera and film work. Corigliano received the Pulitzer Prize for his "Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra," and his music for the motion picture The Red Violin won an Academy Award for best score. "Circus Maximus" is Corigliano's first work specifically written for concert band.

This entire evening including the "Battle of the Bands," the sound installation and the concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 480-965-3434.

The evening's schedule:
5:00 p.m.: Daniel Bernard Roumain, ASU Gammage lawn
5: 45 p.m.: Battle of the Bands, ASU Gammage lawn
7:30 p.m.: "cosmi [c]ity music," ASU Gammage lobby
8:00 p.m.: Kenneth LaFave's "Gateways: Concerto for Electric Guitar, Singers and Symphonic Band" 
8:40 p.m.: John Coriglilano's "Circus Maximus"

As a complement to SoundRave, there will be a free lecture by John Corigliano on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Katzin Concert Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. Corigliano will speak of his experiences, involvement and perspectives in music. Open to the public.

ASU Gammage is the home theater of the M&I Bank Broadway in Arizona series, bringing the very best in Broadway direct from New York to Arizona; and The New Times Beyond Broadway series featuring multicultural and experimental performances. It is the mission of ASU Gammage to connect communities through the arts, by showcasing works that cross racial, ethnic, religious, social and international lines. Many of the guest artists who appear on the ASU Gammage stage participate in Cultural Participation activities which take arts into the schools and communities of Arizona with the goal of enhancing cultural awareness. To learn more about ASU Gammage, visit

The School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19 th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report . More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each season. To learn more about the School of Music, visit

Media Contact:
Kariann Medina
(480) 965-1884

Mica Matsoff
(480) 965-0478

General Public: ASU Gammage (480) 965-3434