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Evan Ziporyn

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Evan Ziporyn

Biography

Evan Ziporyn (b. 1959, Chicago, Ill.) is an American composer, conductor and clarinetist.

Mr. Ziporyn studied at Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley.  After completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Indonesia, he became musical coordinator of San Francisco’s Gamelan Sekar Jaya in 1988.  He moved to Boston in 1990 to take a teaching position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he founded the group Gamelan Galak Tika in 1993.  He is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT and inaugural director of MIT's Center for Art Science and Technology.

Ziporyn's music in the main is written for gamelan and Western instruments. Works include three evening-length works, 2001's ShadowBang, 2004's Oedipus Rex (Robert Woodruff, director), and 2009's A House in Bali, an opera which joins western singers with Balinese traditional performers, and the All-stars with a full gamelan. It received its world premiere in Bali that summer and its New York premiere at BAM Next Wave in October 2010.

As a clarinetist, Ziporyn recorded the definitive version of Steve Reich's multi-clarinet NY Counterpoint in 1996, sharing in that ensemble's Grammy in 1998. In 2001 his solo clarinet CD, This is Not A Clarinet, made Top Ten lists across the country. His compositions have been commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Maya Beiser, So Percussion, Wu Man, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

His honors include awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2011), The Herb Alpert Foundation (2011), USA Artists Walker Fellowship (2007), MIT's Kepes Prize (2006), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Goddard Lieberson Fellowship (2004), as well as commissions from Meet the Composer/Commissioning Music USA and the Rockefeller MAP Fund.


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