Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788
October 30, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Percussion Ensemble of Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts will present its fall concert, "An Evening of Percussion," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Caruth Auditorium of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Special guest performers at the concert will be two SMU percussion faculty members, Ed Smith on vibraphone and Jamal Mohamed on doumbek, a type of Middle Eastern drum. The group will perform works by John Cage, Daniel Levitan, Nigel Westlake and Pat Metheny, including Metheny's famous "Minuano 6/8."

Ed Smith studied vibraphone in Boston and New York before returning to Dallas to perform and record with a variety of jazz groups. He teaches vibraphone at the Meadows School as well as at the University of North Texas and Cedar Valley College. Recording artist Jamal Mohamed has been a featured performer in many international music events, including festivals in Europe, Egypt, Korea, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. He is a member of the percussion group "D'Drum" and a founding member of the Middle Eastern jazz group "Beledi."

The Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon D. Lee, performs both new and traditional percussion works and has appeared at numerous national and international conferences. Recent premieres have included Warren Benson's Drums of Summer and John Gibson's Koda. The ensemble will release its second CD, Contact, on Gasparo Records this November. The ensemble's first CD, Strike, the Music of Motion, is also available on the Gasparo label.