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Festive Brazilian Band "Iabas" to Perform at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071 FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 20, 2002

Iabas, an all-female Brazilian country band, will perform a unique blend of folkloric music in a concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre at Hudson Valley Community College.

Iabas is a traditional country ensemble whose festive music springs from its homeland's cultural interplay between native people, Europeans and Africans. The resulting sound is a mix of urban and country music with rhythms of Yoruba, Amazon and Portuguese traditions.

Directed by ethnomusicologist Emilia Biancardi from Bahia, Brazil, the band uses traditional and homemade instruments, many of which represent instruments used by indigenous Brazilian people in the past. Iabas musicians use hundreds of unusual and original percussion instruments, including household implements, in addition to contemporary violin, flute, guitar and bass.

Presented by the Cultural Affairs Program at the college, the performance is open to the public. General admission is $10. Tickets for seniors and students are $8, and Hudson Valley students will be admitted free with college ID. For tickets and additional information, call 629-4TIX or visit

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.