Evan Ziporyn (b. Chicago, Illinois, 14th December 1959) is an American composer of post-minimalist music with a cross-cultural orientation, drawing equally from classical music, avant-garde, various world music traditions, and jazz. He has composed for a wide range of ensembles, including symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, many types of chamber groups, and solo works, sometimes involving electronics. He has a particular interest in music for Balinese gamelan, for which he has composed numerous works, often combined with western instruments. He is also well-known for his solo performances on clarinet and bass clarinet; additionally, he plays gender wayang and other Balinese instruments, saxophones, piano & keyboards, EWI, and Shona mbira. He is Faculty Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Art, Science & Technology, as well as Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT. There he directs Gamelan Galak Tika, an ensemble he founded in 1993, a group of 30 MIT students, staff and community members, devoted to the study and performance of new works for Balinese Gamelan. In 1992 he founded the Bang on a Can All-stars, with whom he performed and recorded until 2012. He also was a member of Steve Reich and Musicians, with whom he shared a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. He is currently a member of the Eviyan Trio, with Czech violinist/vocalist Iva Bittovà and American guitarist Gyan Riley.
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