Visiting Artists

Clinton Community College (7 p.m. both)

CCC Maquoketa Center(7 p.m. both)

Muscatine Community College

Scott Community College



Eastern Iowa Community Colleges annually cooperates with Quad City Arts to bring world-renowned artists to eastern  Iowa through the Visiting Artist Series.

This is the 38th year that artists will come to the Quad Cities through the program, with six of them appearing at Clinton, Muscatine or Scott Community College. Two performances will also be held in Maquoketa in cooperation with Clinton Community College. 

The performances are free of charge, held in informal settings and open to the public.
 
The Visiting Artists are selected based on the quality of their work and the ability to interact with audiences of diverse backgrounds and ages.







Matuto

Matuto

Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where exotic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes. Now, imagine these sounds in the hands of some of NYC’s finest young improvisers as they light up club and festival stages worldwide.

Through the unorthodox blend of Afro-Brazilian Percussion and American Roots Music, Matuto has created an organic, animated new sound. Clay Ross has provided educational workshops for professional musicians, amateurs, and music lovers in a wide variety of contexts. His unique cultural experiences, understanding of Brazilian rhythms, and his deeply rooted foundation in jazz and American folk music, make his workshops extremely unique, entertaining, and full of insight.

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Meg Okura & Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble

Meg Okura & Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble

Composer, erhu player and premiere jazz violinist Meg Okura leads a group of virtuosi, Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, inventing and defining “world chamber jazz” today. Hailed by The New York Times as “vibrant” and “sophisticated,” the ensemble is not just pretty faces, but rather “...mixes a classically trained mastery of strings, piano and drums with quick-witted compositional twist performed with high energy” (Down Beat Magazine).

Their self-titled debut album was one of the finalists of the 2006 “Best Album” in the Independent Musicians Awards. Today, the album is still the No. 1 Top-Seller in the “Chamber Jazz” category on CDBaby, and received the Editor’s Choice in “Jazz-World Fusion” category.

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Destino

Destino

Destino is made up of three handsome young men and one stunning young woman who love making beautiful music together. They have created something completely different, something that’s never been done before: a group consisting of two very different voices and two very different instrumentalists, all able to stand on their own, but together forming a truly talented and unique troupe. Destino’s performances constantly inspire standing ovations.

Individually and together, these four musicians have had some amazing performance experiences. They have been showcased on the NBC and ABC networks, they have also appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Canada AM, and E-talk. Some of the venues they’ve had the privilege of performing in include Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Walt Disney World and St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Galumpha

Galumpha

Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet.

Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography (Edinburgh Festival Critics, Choice Award, Moers International Comedy Arts Prize) that is equally at home on the concert stage, at a comedy club or at an outdoor festival. Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O’Brien, Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity.

Highlights include “Velcro” as seen on The Late Show with David Letterman and Crook and Chase (TNN) and “Clackers,” seen on MTV, Showtime, A & E, Just for Laughs in Montreal, and by over one billion television viewers around the globe. Other pieces feature experiments in human  architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and the virtuoso Czech band Jablkon, making for an exceptionally entertaining program.

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Jen Chapin Trio

Jen Chapin Trio

Praised as “…soulfully poetic urban folk music”, Jen Chapin’s unique blend of funky folk and earthy jazz has earned her kudos from NPR, People Magazine, The Today Show, JazzzTimes, among many other major media outlets.

She has appeared on Late Nite with Conan O’Brien, has been honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen and opened for the likes of the Bruce Hornsby and the Neville Brothers. Chapin’s role as activist, educator and mother hold equal importance to her musical accomplishments.
Her life-long involvement in WHY, an organization that supports innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty, continues to have an urgent relevancy to today’s headlines. She holds a BA in International Relations and has traveled and studied extensively in Mexico and Zimbabwe. In addition to a demanding concert tour schedule, Chapin presents workshops and lectures on music, lyric-writing and activism to college, community and church groups.

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