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A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80
Nine new pieces for solo piano commissioned in honor of Terry Riley's eightieth birthday in 2015, to be played in concert with his own musicCreated By: Sarah Cahill
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Evan ZiporynLexington, MA
Evan Ziporyn is a composer/clarinetist. He has composed for the Silk Road Ensemble, the American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider, So Percussion, Maya Beiser, Wu Man, Sentieri Selvaggi, and Bang on a Can. He is founder and Artistic Director of Gamelan Galak Tika and a member of the Eviyan Trio with Iva Bittova and Gyan Riley. He studied at Eastman, Yale & UC Berkeley with Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, & Gerard Grisey. He is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT, where he has taught since 1990; he is also Inaugural Director of MIT’s new Center for Art, Science and Technology. He co-founded the Bang on a Can All-stars in 1992, performing with and arranging for the group for 20 years. He also produced their CDs Brian Eno’s Music for Airports, Renegade Heaven, & Big Beautiful Dark & Scary. As a member of the Steve Reich Ensemble, he shared in a 1998 Grammy for Music for 18 Musicians. His work is informed by his 30+ year involvement with traditional gamelan, which began with a summer’s trip to join the then newly formed Gamelan Sekar Jaya in 1980. He received a Fulbright in 1987, and has composed a series of groundbreaking compositions for gamelan & western instruments. These include three evening-length works, 2001’s ShadowBang, 2004’s Oedipus Rex (Robert Woodruff, director), and 2009’s A House in Bali, which received its US premiere at Cal Performance’s Zellerbach Hall. Awards include a USA Artist Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Prize from the American Academy, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, the MIT Gyorgy Kepes Prize, and commissions from Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, Rockefeller Multi-Arts Program, and Meet the Composer. He has also recorded with Paul Simon, Steve Reich Ensemble (sharing in their 1998 Grammy), and Matthew Shipp.