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Below are a list of the workshops during the 2015 Jazz Festival.

23rd Annual High School Art Exhibition
Wednesday - Saturday 8 am-5:00 p.m., Ridenbaugh Hall Art Gallery
Join us for Idaho’s statewide annual High School Art Exhibition. n educational circles, we hear a lot about STEM education  (science, technology, engineering, and math), yet many of us think there’s an important letter missing—“A” for the Arts. Why not expand STEM into STEAM? This year, we chose the theme STEM to STEAM -- adding Arts to the STEM Education model. Come see how the students interpreted this year’s competition!

Bob Rinker (Computer Science), “The Collision of Science and Art”
Friday 9:30 – 10:20, Commons Clearwater/Water –
What happens when you ask an Engineer how to inspire a football team – and excite the audience at the same time? That’s what Bob Rinker of UI’s Computer Science Department found out last year when the UI Marching Band went looking for some sparkle and shine! Drop in on this informative session and find out from Dr. Rinker how interdisciplinary collaboration, a couple engineers, and a few dozen LEDs made beautiful music together.

Bob Wrigley (English), “Jazz and Poetry: The Magic Inside”
Friday 10:30 – 11:20, Commons Clearwater/Water
“Dancing about architecture” – that’s what Thelonious Monk said “talking about music” was like. Or you could say, talking about a poem is like yodeling about a piano: much better to play that piano or to hear it played.  There’s something absolutely true about these statements, and yet they are both completely wrong.  What we talk about when we talk about poetry or jazz, is what’s inside it. What is it?  Where is it? How can it be heard and seen and maybe even understood? Jazz isn’t poetry and poetry isn’t jazz, but at the heart of them is a very similar magic.

Sam Miller TAC, "Wow, is this Real?" 
Friday 1:00-2:30 p.m., Commons Reflections Gallery
Designers use a wide range of tools from pencils to computers. These tools are used in combination to move a project from concept to completion. CG Artist and Technology Lecturer Sam Miller with undergraduates from the Virtual Technology and Design (VTD) would like to invite you to an exhibit and audience participation of some of the Motion Capture tools that VTD uses at the College of Art & Architecture for Serious Gaming and Visualizations.

Sally Machlis TAC, "Jazzy Drawing"
Friday 10-11:30 a.m., Ridenbaugh Hall Art Gallery
Participants in the Jazzy Drawing workshop will have the opportunity to look at, judge and create art, get a chance to view the University of Idaho Annual Statewide High School Art Exhibition, and vote for the people's choice award! They will receive a Jazz festival button for voting. Workshop participants will also have an opportunity to learn about some of the visual artists who were inspired by Jazz music and use a variety of drawing materials to interpret and respond to jazz music in a studio environment. They will receive their own sketchbooks at the workshop.

IH Garth Reese and Barry Bilderback, "Hamp’s Legacy: The International Jazz Collections at the University of Idaho"
Friday 1:00-2:00 p.m. University of Idaho Library, first floor
This workshop will feature an overview of the University Library’s International Jazz Collection, and its value to musicians, music historians, musicologists and others in conducting research. Garth Reese, head of Special Collections and Archives for the library, will discuss the types of materials in the collections and how the library came to acquire them. Barry Bilderback, Assistant Professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, will speak about the significance of the collections and how researchers use the artifacts and documents. 

Mark Nielsen and Rob Ely (Mathematics), “Math and the Musical Scale”
Friday 2:30 – 3:20, Commons Clearwater/Water
A scale is simply a division of the octave into steps. How did our 12-tone scale come to be? The answer has some unexpected mathematical twists! UI Math Professors Mark Nielsen and Rob Ely will help make some sense of why we do what we do with music.

Christine Berven and Marty Ytreberg (Physics), “Making Waves With Music”
Friday 3:30 – 4:20, REN 112
UI Physics Professors Christine Berven and Marty Ytreberg will use fun demonstrations to show how physicists explore the science of sound and how the effects of sound can be made visible. 

Wednesday – Saturday (regular Library hours)

The University of Idaho Library is home to the University of Idaho International Jazz Collections, considered one of the world’s significant jazz archives. Formally established at the University in 2000 with Lionel Hampton’s papers and photographs, the International Jazz Collections merged into the UI Library’s Special Collections & Archives in 2007.  Selected artifacts from the collections will be featured in display cases on the library’s main floor throughout the Festival. Also featured is an interactive digital “Jazz Brain” that allows the user to select a style of jazz and follow its evolution through history. The library is open from 8:00am – midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:00am – 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

TAC Campus Tours Available!
Wednesday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., SUB Campus Visit Office

Inspired by the vibe at Jazz Fest? Take a tour of the campus that houses the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Hear about the University of Idaho straight from current students on this casual, student-focused tour of the residential campus designed by the same landscape architect firm that designed New York’s Central Park, Notre Dame, Stanford and the Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C. And, if you take a tour, you’ll receive an official Jazz Festival button. Please sign up ahead of time by calling 208-885-6163. Tours offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and begin on the first floor of the Student Union Building (SUB) Campus Visit office and last for about one hour. www.uidaho.edu/visit

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