A-State dean travels to Cuba to record jazz composition

A-State dean travels to Cuba to record jazz composition

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas State University dean is 1 of 8 chosen from across the country to go to Cuba to record music.

Dean Don Bowyer, College of Fine Arts, submitted a piece of music to Parma Recordings and chosen out of more than 200 submissions.

He will go to Cuba in November to record his jazz piece titled Bugs and Gas.

The piece was originally written for his friend who had a career in deactivating chemical and biological weapons, which those in the business call bugs and gas.

Bowyer said he looks forward to revisiting the area.

"The exchange with other musicians, and also, I was in Cuba a couple of times back 11,12 years ago, and so I'm looking forward to renewing acquaintance with at least one percussionist I got to know pretty well that I'm looking forward to catching up with," Bowyer said.

Bowyer took a group of students from another university on his last trip to Cuba.

He hopes by revisiting he will be 1 step closer to taking A-State students.

"I'd love to take an A-State group or 1 a year even to Havana," Bowyer said. "It's a very special place right now."

While there, he will also work on a people-to-people project concerning music.

Bowyer feels he will bring back knowledge and teachings to his students at A-State.

Another souvenir from the trip will be his professionally composed music.

"Parma will release a CD that includes this piece and several other pieces," Bowyer said.

Bowyer feels it is an honor, but the trip is entirely self-funded.

He has a gofundme page at www.gofundme.com/bowyer if anyone is interested in supporting his travels.

Bowyer leaves on November 8 and will stay 1 week.

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