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PASIC '09The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana from November 11 – 14, 2009. For the second time in the event’s history, Indianapolis will play host to more than 6,500 drummers and percussionists from around the world at the Indiana Convention Center and Westin Hotel.

PASIC is the world’s largest and most prestigious drum and percussion gathering that features more than 130 events on 13 stages with the leading artists from around the world in the percussion community. Session topics span a variety of areas including drumset, symphonic, marching, recreational, world and keyboard percussion.

"The Percussive Arts Society and the City of Indianapolis are very excited to bring the Percussive Arts Society International Convention back to Indianapolis. The convention was last held in Indy in 1981, exactly 28 years ago to the date,” states PASIC Director Jeff Hartsough. "The week will be full of exciting events and sessions for both the members of the Percussive Arts Society and the public.

Evening showcase concerts include a variety of performances and styles of music. Wednesday evening features Filipino trip-hop duo Electric Kulintang (Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez), keyboard master Julie Spencer and percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson. Thursday evening brings Taiwanese percussion ensemble Ju Percussion Group to the stage. Israeli powerhouse percussion duo PercaDu will perform on Friday evening, and Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band featuring guest percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos will close the convention on Saturday evening.

Drumset artists include Virgil Donati (Planet X), Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie), Benny Greb (Benny Greb Brassband), Akira Jimbo (master Japanese clinician), Felix Pollard (Taylor Hicks), Sergio Bellotti (WeJazzUp!), Zoro (Lenny Kravitz) and Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue), Tobias Ralph (Duncan Sheik), Joel Stevenett (Sony Playstation, XBOX, Nintendo Wii), Ed Shaughnessy (“Tonight Show” band), and the Bisquera Brothers.

Marching percussion session highlights include Sandi Rennick with the Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble and Lalo and Julie Davila with the Middle Tennessee State University Drum Line. Keyboard artists include rising Chinese-Canadian marimba artist Pius Cheung, recognized marimba artists and composers Eric Sammut, Christopher Deane and Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, and a new marimba music session led by Nancy Zeltsman.

Symphonic session highlights include Cynthia Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Marc Damoulakis (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), Christopher Deviney (Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra), Lee Vinson (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussion section. World presentations will be given by Abbos Kosimov (Uzbekistan), Victor Rendón (Mexican-American), Rajna Swaminathan (South India), I Ketut Gede Asnawa (Bali, Indonesia) leading the University of Illinois Gamelan Ensemble and Layne Redmond (Brazil). All artists mentioned have confirmed their appearance at PASIC 2009; however, artists are subject to change without notice. Additional confirmed artists are listed and will be updated throughout the summer at www.pasic.org

The convention’s International Drum and Percussion Expo will highlight industry exhibitors showcasing the latest in drum and percussion instruments, publications and services. The Expo will be open to convention attendees November 12 - 14 and available to the public for a daily fee of $15; children under 12 are admitted free.

The annual PAS Marching Percussion Festival will take place on November 12 and 13. The festival features a competition of high school and collegiate individuals, ensembles, and drum lines vying for top honors in this nationally recognized contest. Scheduling changes and the addition of new competitive and non-competitive categories makes this year’s festival more accessible to marching programs. Tickets for the Marching Percussion Festival are available to the general public for $15 and includes access to the International Drum and Percussion Expo; children 12 and under are admitted free.

Grand opening celebration events for Rhythm! Discovery Center will coincide with PASIC, allowing convention attendees to have access to both functions for the first time in the organization’s history. A creative vision of the Percussive Arts Society, Rhythm! evolved from the Percussive Arts Museum that closed in Lawton, Okla. in March 2007. Rhythm! builds on the many successes the museum experienced and will maintain the most extensive and unique display of rare percussion instruments and artifacts from around the world. Now, with significantly more exhibit space and convenient pedestrian access, Rhythm! will interpret the role of rhythm and percussion in music and culture through dynamic educational experiences. New interactive exhibits, participatory learning opportunities and a hands-on area will illustrate rhythm, its role in society, and its connections to daily life. More information is available at www.RhythmDiscoveryCenter.org.

Attending PASIC 2009

Registration for PASIC 2009 is available online at www.pasic.org or by calling (317) 974-4488. Early registration pricing is available through September 28; on-site registration is also available.