• Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010

    Making Music: Evan Ziporyn at Carnegie Hall on October 30 at 7:30 PM




    Works Include the New York Premieres of Ziporyn’s Hive and Bayu Sabda Idep,
    Plus Performances of His Tsmindao Ghmerto and In Bounds

    Clarinets, Gamelan, and Conversation with an Innovative American Composer


    Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 Making Music series kicks off on Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall with Making Music: Evan Ziporyn. Making Music features conversation with and performances of music by today’s leading composers. This season’s first concert focuses on the music of the innovative American composer Evan Ziporyn, who makes music at the crossroads between genres and cultures, East and West. In addition to composing, Ziporyn is the founding clarinetist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

    The Making Music program illustrates how Ziporyn’s music has been shaped by his 30-year involvement with the Balinese gamelan—the percussive, traditional Indonesian instrument performed by ensemble—as well as his dual role as composer/performer, which has redefined the clarinet as a contemporary instrument. A series of video interviews with Ziporyn will be released on Carnegie Hall’s blog, soundinsights.carnegiehall.org, and on Carnegie Hall’s YouTube channel in the weeks leading up to the performance. The first one is now available at youtube.com/watch?v=an2KMA2jHDk.

    Four Ziporyn works will be performed on the October 30 program: the New York premiere of Bayu Sabda Idep for gamelan and string orchestra (2007) featuring Gamelan Galak Tika and contemporary music ensemble Signal led by conductor Brad Lubman; the New York premiere of the clarinet quartet Hive (2007), performed by David Krakauer and Carol McGonnell on clarinet and Theodore Schoen and Ziporyn on bass clarinet; the solo piano work In Bounds (2004) performed by Vicky Chow, pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars; and the solo bass clarinet work Tsmindao Ghmerto (1992) performed by Ziporyn. Between the works, Ziporyn will discuss his music with Jeremy Geffen, Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning.

    Carnegie Hall’s three-concert Making Music series continues in 2011 with programs devoted to James MacMillan (March 2) and Christopher Rouse (April 15), with a number of premieres on each program.

    Also in October, Ziporyn’s cross-cultural opera A House in Bali will be performed for the first time in Boston (October 8 and 9, Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College) and New York (October 14, 15, and 16, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House). Produced by Bang on a Can and directed by Jay Scheib, this visually stunning spectacle brings together the hypnotic sounds of a 16-member Balinese gamelan with Western opera and Balinese singers, traditional dance, live video feeds, and the pulsating post-minimalism of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Based on the 1947 memoirs of trailblazing composer Colin McPhee, the work re-imagines first contact between cultures in 1930s Bali through the prism of the cross-cultural present.

    Evan Ziporyn
    Evan Ziporyn (b. 1959, Chicago) studied at Eastman, Yale, and the University of California at Berkeley with Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, and Gerard Grisey. He first traveled to Bali in 1981, studying with Madé Lebah, Colin McPhee’s 1930s musical informant. He returned on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1987.

    Earlier that year, Ziporyn performed a clarinet solo at the first Bang on a Can Marathon in New York. His involvement with BOAC continues to this day: in 1992 he co-founded the Bang on a Can All-Stars (Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year), with whom he has toured the globe and premiered over 100 commissioned works, collaborating with Nik Bartsch, Iva Bittova, Don Byron, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore, Terry Riley and Tan Dun. Their latest recording, of Steve Reich’s 2x5, was recently released on Nonesuch.

    Ziporyn joined the MIT faculty in 1990 and is currently Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor. There he founded Gamelan Galak Tika in 1993, beginning a series of groundbreaking compositions for gamelan and 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, an opera which joins western singers with Balinese traditional performers, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars with a full gamelan. It received its world premiere in Bali that summer and will receive its New York premiere at BAM Next Wave this fall.

    As a clarinetist, Ziporyn recorded the definitive version of Steve Reich’s multi-clarinet NY Counterpoint in 1996, and shared in the Reich 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 BMOP. He received the 2007 USA Artists Walker Award and the 2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters Lieberson Fellowship. Recordings of his works have also been released on Sony Classical, New Albion, and New World. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and has two children, Leonardo (17) and Ava (10).

    Program Information
    Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    David Krakauer, Clarinet
    Carol McGonnell, Clarinet
    Theodore Schoen, Bass Clarinet
    Evan Ziporyn, Bass Clarinet
    Vicky Chow, Piano
    Gamelan Galak Tika
    Evan Ziporyn, Director
    Brad Lubman, Conductor
    Jeremy Geffen, Series Moderator

    Tsmindao Ghmerto
    Hive (NY Premiere)
    In Bounds
    Bayu Sabda Idep (NY Premiere)

    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
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