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Evan Ziporyn

Lexington, 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.  

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Articles September 9 2009 | By Evan Ziporyn
Fitzcarraldo Goes to Bali

I had written an opera, and I wanted to premiere it in Bali—not exactly the jungle, but close.