David Lang (composer)
David Lang is an American composer living in New York City. Co-founder of the musical collective Bang on a Can, he was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music for The Little Match Girl Passion, which went on to win a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance, he was nominated for an Academy Award for "Simple Song #3" from the film Youth. Lang was born in California. After completing his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, he went to the University of Iowa, and I just thought. He knew a lot of stuff. So when I thought about grad school, I went to Iowa. I was happy, it was a kind of golden age. I loved it." Lang went on to earn a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Yale University in 1989. In addition to Jenni, his teachers have included Henri Lazarof, Lou Harrison, Richard Hervig, Jacob Druckman, Hans Werner Henze, Martin Bresnick. Together with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, Lang co-founded Bang on a Can in 1987. In 2008 he joined the Yale School of Music composition faculty. Lang has received several awards, including: Rome Prize, 1991 Bessie Award, 1999 Obie Award, 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Music, 2008 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance, 2009 Musical America Composer of the Year, 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, 2017 In 1999 he collaborated with composers Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon and librettist/illustrator Ben Katchor on the composition of the "comic strip opera" The Carbon Copy Building.
The production won an Obie Award for Best New American Production. Lang and Gordon subsequently collaborated with librettist Deborah Artman on the'oratorio' Lost Objects, the recording of, released in summer 2001, their next collaborative project was Shelter, a multi-media work with librettist Deborah Artman, for the Scandinavian vocal group Trio Mediaeval and the German ensemble musikFabrik, performed in Germany and the U. S. in 2005. In 2017 Chinese singer Gong Linna premiered Cloud River Mountain, written by the three Bang on a Can composers in addition to Lao Luo, they premiere Road Trip, a celebration of Bang on a Can's 30-year journey, together at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in October 2017. In 1999, Lang and playwright Mac Wellman based their opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field on a short story by Ambrose Bierce, about an Alabama planter named Williamson who purportedly vanished while walking across a field in 1854. A piece with multiple choruses and dance, battle hymns was first performed in Philadelphia in 2009 by the Mendelssohn Club and the Leah Stein Dance Company.
Its U. S. west coast premiere was directed by Robert Geary and performed by the San Francisco Choral Society, the Piedmont Children's Choir, the Leah Stein Dance Company in April 2013 at the Kezar Pavilion. In May 2014, the Collegiate Chorale and the Manhattan Girls Chorus performed battle hymns at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. In 2015, the Shenandoah Chorus performed'battle hymns' at an on-campus concert. Lang was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music for his piece The Little Match Girl Passion, composed in 2007; the piece, based on Hans Christian Andersen's fable "The Little Match Girl" and inspired by Bach's St. Matthew Passion, was co-commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation and the Perth Theatre and Concert Hall and premiered on October 25, 2007, in Zankel Hall in New York City. Tim Page of The Washington Post wrote that "I don't think that I've been so moved by a new...composition as I was by David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion, unlike any music I know." For the 2017 Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual holiday concert, which has included the little match girl passion for five years, Lang has written a new version called the little match girl, in which the audience is the congregation and participates with interstitial hymns.
The recording of The Little Match Girl Passion on Harmonia Mundi received a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Lang composed this song cycle – a commission from Carnegie Hall and Stanford Lively Arts, premiered at both in late January, 2012 – as a companion piece to the little match girl passion. In that work, death was an implied character. For the texts sung by the character "Death," Lang turned to the songs of Franz Schubert, from which he made his own translations into English; the part of Death was sung by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. National Public Radio chose the commercial recording as one of its ten favorite classical albums of 2013. Lang wrote the libretto by typing short, personal phrases into a search engine and writing down the results; the opera includes these anonymous confessions, which are whispered by soprano Tony Arnold, while four instrumentalists from the International Contemporary Ensemble never play above a hush. No audience member can hear the entire opera and it cannot be recorded, so it can only be experienced live.
Inspired by the powerful singing he heard from the crowd at an Arsenal F. C. football match, Lang came up with the idea of composing a song for over 1,000 people to sing. The first performance was 9 June 2014 at Birmingham's Millennium Point. Singers were split into groups arranged on the steps of the atrium, each one with a leader with a megaphone; the conductor was Sim
Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member chamber orchestra that focuses on recordings and performances of contemporary classical music. Its performances have been described as "equal parts exuberance and virtuosity" by the Financial Times and as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the San Francisco Chronicle; the New York Times said that Alarm Will Sound is "one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene."Alarm Will Sound's repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. The group has worked with contemporary composers, premiering pieces by Steve Reich, John Adams, John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, David Lang, Anthony Gatto, Cenk Ergün, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Gordon, Scott Johnson, Augusta Read Thomas, Stefan Freund, John Orfe, Caleb Burhans, Dennis Desantis and Wolfgang Rihm. From 2004 to 2007, they were musical artists-in-residence at Dickinson College. ASCAP recognized Alarm Will Sound with its Concert Music Award in 2006 for "the virtuosity and commitment with which they perform and champion the repertory for the 21st century."Alarm Will Sound's 2005 album Acoustica features acoustic arrangements of music by Aphex Twin.
Its first two recordings were of music written by Steve Reich. Their 2009 album a/rhythmia, released on Nonesuch Records is an eclectic mix of rhythmically complex music by Benedict Mason, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, Johannes Ciconia, Conlon Nancarrow, Harrison Birtwistle, Josquin des Prez, Autechre. In 2010, the group collaborated with Dirty Projectors to develop and perform The Getty Address in its new identity as a live performance piece at Lincoln Center, Disney Hall and the Barbican Centre. Music that Dirty Projectors front-man Dave Longstreth created on a computer by meticulous and complicated sampling and layering was translated and arranged by Matt Marks, Alan Pierson, Chris Thompson for 23 musicians of both bands. Since 2010, the group has been the ensemble in residence at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia, hosted by the University of Missouri School of Music; as the resident ensemble, they have premiered 8 works each year by the festival's resident composers and works by the festival's guest composers, including Derek Bermel, Oscar Bettison, Martin Bresnick, Anna Clyne, Donnacha Dennehy, Erin Gee, Daniel Kellogg, Zhou Long, Nico Muhly, Roger Reynolds, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas.
In 2011 at Carnegie Hall, the group presented 1969, a multimedia event that uses music, images and staging to tell the compelling story of great musicians—John Lennon, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein—striving for a new music and a new world amidst the turmoil of the late 1960s. 1969's unconventional approach combining music and ideas has been critically praised by The New York Times, the LA Times Canzonas Americanas, their 2012 release on Cantaloupe features music by Derek Bermel whose eclectic approach draws on the musical traditions of Europe and South America, Africa. The San Francisco Classical Voice says about Alarm Will Sound, "It's hard to imagine another ensemble that could handle the vast range of musical ingredients – including rock, Conlon Nancarrow–style layered rhythms and world music influences ranging from Brazilian choros to West African balafon – that inform this wildly eclectic new document…" The Guardian says, "Bermel tends to build his music layer by layer, creating exhilaratingly complex instrumental textures, which Alarm Will Sound realise with great panache."Alarm Will Sound began their St. Louis Season in 2013 to complement their existing touring schedule and bring to the midwest the work they do around the country and abroad.
The goal being to grow a local audience for contemporary performing arts. In St. Louis, AWS has presented concerts at The Sheldon Concert Hall, the Touhill Performing Arts Center and The Pageant. In the 2013-2014 season, Alarm Will Sound partnered with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and became artists-in-residence at the institution, their season at the museum includes a performance entitled "The Permanent Collection," a concert of integral works for the sinfonietta. The ensemble performed with Björk in March, 2015 at Carnegie Hall to kick-off her world tour for her album Vulnicura. In 2014 Alarm Will Sound kicked off Alarm System a program that brings musical artists from a variety of backgrounds together with Alarm Will Sound to create new work. In the 2014-2015 season the ensemble worked with Medeski Martin & Wood, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Adult Fur. AWS presented two concerts in Colorado with Medeski Martin & Wood presenting new pieces by John Medeski, Billy Martin, Payton MacDonald, Miles Brown as well as arrangements of MMW originals like "End of the World Party" and "Anonymous Skulls."
A live album of this cooperation "Omnisphere" was released 14 September 2018. In the 2015-16 season Alarm Will Sound worked with Rashad Becker and Tyondai Braxton. Alarm Will Sound first presented a concert in radio play format. Alarm Will Sound's production tells György Liget
The Kronos Quartet is an American string quartet based in San Francisco. They have been in existence with a rotating membership of musicians for over forty years; the quartet covers a broad range of musical genres, including contemporary classical music. More than 900 works have been written for them; the quartet was founded by violinist David Harrington in Washington. Its first performance was in November 1973. Since 1978, the quartet has been based in California; the longest-running combination of performers had Harrington and John Sherba on violin, Hank Dutt on viola, Joan Jeanrenaud on cello. In 1999, Joan Jeanrenaud left Kronos because she was "eager for something new". In June 2013, Zeigler was replaced by Sunny Yang. With over forty studio albums to their credit and having performed worldwide, they were called "probably the most famous'new music' group in the world" and were praised in philosophical studies of music for the inclusiveness of their repertoire. By the time the quartet celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary in 1999, they had a repertoire of over 600 works, which included 400 string quartets written for them, more than 3,000 performances, seven first-prize ASCAP awards, Edison Awards in classical and popular music, had sold more than 1.5 million records.
When Kronos turned 30, in 2003, they decided on a commissioning process for composers under the age of 30, in the hope of bringing some of the talented young composers to light. The program, called the Under 30 Project, is now run in cooperation with Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances at the University of California and the Montalvo Arts Center; the first recipient was Alexandra du Bois, followed by Felipe Perez Santiago, Dan Visconti. To celebrate the fortieth year of the organization, the Kronos Quartet decided to return to Seattle, the city in which they first played, work in collaboration with Seattle's Degenerate Art Ensemble to create a piece incorporating music and video, they celebrated their 40th anniversary with a sold-out performance at Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, in December 2013. The same year, Michael Giacchino, a soundtrack composer who names his pieces with puns, published a piece named after them as a part of the soundtrack to Star Trek Into Darkness, for a scene that takes place on the fictional planet "Kronos".
Over 900 pieces have been created for the Kronos Quartet, which has a long history of commissioning new works. They have worked with many minimalist composers including John Adams, Arvo Pärt, George Crumb, Henryk Górecki, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Kevin Volans; some of Kronos' string-quartet arrangements were published in 2007. Kronos covers a broad range of musical genres: Mexican folk, pre-classical early music, movie soundtracks and tango. Kronos has recorded adaptations of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze", Sigur Rós's "Flugufrelsarinn", Television's "Marquee Moon", Raymond Scott's "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals", Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". Kronos has worked with a variety of global musicians, including Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle. Kronos has performed live with the poet Allen Ginsberg, Astor Piazzolla, The National, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Björk, has recorded with Nelly Furtado, Rokia Traoré, Joan Armatrading, Brazilian electronica artist Amon Tobin, Texas yodeler Don Walser, Faith No More, Tiger Lillies and David Grisman.
On the 1998 Dave Matthews Band album Before These Crowded Streets, Kronos Quartet performed on the tracks "Halloween" and "The Stone". They recorded for the 2007 Nine Inch Nails remix album, Year Zero Remixed doing a rendition of the track "Another Version of the Truth"", they performed Lee Brooks' score for the short film 2081, based on the Kurt Vonnegut short story "Harrison Bergeron." In 2009, the quartet contributed an acoustic version of Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night" for the AIDS benefit album Dark Was the Night produced by the Red Hot Organization. In 2017, the quartet performed as featured artists on the songs "Lost Light" and "Journey" on the soundtrack to the videogame Destiny 2. Le Diapason d'Or de Mai 1997 Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the BlindRolf Schock Prize1999 Royal Swedish Academy of Music for Musical Arts in MusicMusical America 2003 Musicians of the YearGrammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance 2004 Alban Berg: Lyric SuiteGrammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance 2018 Laurie Anderson: LandfallNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 2005 The Recording Academy President's Merit AwardPolar Music Prize 2011.
The announcement of the award said "For 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been revolutionizing the potential of the string quartet genre when it comes to both style and content."WOMEX Awards 2018 WOMEX Artist Award - Since the introduction of the W
Stephen Michael Reich is an American composer who, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s. Reich's style of composition influenced many groups, his innovations include using tape loops to create phasing patterns, the use of simple, audible processes to explore musical concepts. These compositions, marked by their use of repetitive figures, slow harmonic rhythm and canons, have influenced contemporary music in the US. Reich's work took on a darker character in the 1980s with the introduction of historical themes as well as themes from his Jewish heritage, notably Different Trains. Writing in The Guardian, music critic Andrew Clements suggested that Reich is one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history"; the American composer and critic Kyle Gann has said that Reich "may... be considered, by general acclamation, America's greatest living composer". Reich was born in New York City to the Broadway lyricist June Leonard Reich.
When he was one year old, his parents divorced, Reich divided his time between New York and California. He is the half-brother of writer Jonathan Carroll, he was given piano lessons as a child and describes growing up with the "middle-class favorites", having no exposure to music written before 1750 or after 1900. At the age of 14 he began to study music in earnest, after hearing music from the Baroque period and earlier, as well as music of the 20th century. Reich studied drums with Roland Kohloff. While attending Cornell University, he minored in music and graduated in 1957 with a B. A. in Philosophy. Reich's B. A. thesis was on Ludwig Wittgenstein. For a year following graduation, Reich studied composition with Hall Overton before he enrolled at Juilliard to work with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti. Subsequently, he attended Mills College in Oakland, where he studied with Luciano Berio and Darius Milhaud and earned a master's degree in composition. At Mills, Reich composed Melodica for melodica and tape, which appeared in 1986 on the three-LP release Music from Mills.
Reich worked with the San Francisco Tape Music Center along with Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender, Morton Subotnick, Phil Lesh and Terry Riley. He was involved with the premiere of Riley's In C and suggested the use of the eighth note pulse, now standard in performance of the piece. Reich's early forays into composition involved experimentation with twelve-tone composition, but he found the rhythmic aspects of the number twelve more interesting than the pitch aspects. Reich composed film soundtracks for Plastic Haircut, Oh Dem Watermelons, Thick Pucker, three films by Robert Nelson; the soundtrack of Plastic Haircut, composed in 1963, was a short tape collage Reich's first. The Watermelons soundtrack used two 19th-century minstrel tunes as its basis, used repeated phrasing together in a large five-part canon; the music for Thick Pucker arose from street recordings Reich made walking around San Francisco with Nelson, who filmed in black and white 16mm. This film no longer survives. A fourth film from 1965, about 25 minutes long and tentatively entitled "Thick Pucker II", was assembled by Nelson from outtakes of that shoot and more of the raw audio Reich had recorded.
Nelson never showed it. Reich was influenced by fellow minimalist Terry Riley, whose work In C combines simple musical patterns, offset in time, to create a shifting, cohesive whole. Reich adopted this approach to compose his first major work, It's Gonna Rain. Composed in 1965, the piece used a fragment of a sermon about the end of the world given by a black Pentecostal street-preacher known as Brother Walter. Reich built on his early tape work, transferring the last three words of the fragment, "it's gonna rain!", to multiple tape loops which move out of phase with one another. The 13-minute Come Out uses manipulated recordings of a single spoken line given by Daniel Hamm, one of the falsely accused Harlem Six, injured by police; the survivor, beaten, punctured a bruise on his own body to convince police about his beating. The spoken line includes the phrase "to let the bruise’s blood come out to show them." Reich rerecorded the fragment "come out to show them" on two channels, which are played in unison.
They slip out of sync. The two voices split into four, looped continuously eight, continues splitting until the actual words are unintelligible, leaving the listener with only the speech's rhythmic and tonal patterns. In 1999, Rolling Stone magazine dubbed Reich "The Father of Sampling" and compared his work with the parallel evolution of hip-hop culture by DJs such as Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Melodica applies it to instrumental music. Steve Reich took a simple melody, which he played on a melodica recorded it, he sets the melody to two separate channels, moves them out of phase, creating an intricate interlocking melody. This piece is similar to Come Out in rhythmic structure, are an example of how one rhythmic process can be realized in different sounds to create two different pieces of music. Reich was inspired to compose this piece from a dream he had on May 22, 1966, put the piece
John Luther Adams
John Luther Adams is an American composer whose music is inspired by nature the landscapes of Alaska, where he lived from 1978 to 2014. His orchestral work Become. Born in Meridian, Adams began playing music as a teenager as a drummer in rock bands, he attended the California Institute of the Arts as an undergraduate in the early 1970s, studying with James Tenney and Leonard Stein, graduated in 1973. After graduating, Adams began work in environmental protection, through this work Adams first travelled to Alaska in 1975. Adams moved to Alaska in 1978 and lived there until 2014, he now lives between the Sonoran desert in Mexico. It continues to be a prominent influence in his music. From 1982 to 1989, he performed as timpanist and principal percussionist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra Adams's composition work spans many genres and media, he has composed for television, children's theater, acoustic instruments and electronics. From 1998 to 2002, Adams served as Associate Professor of Composition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Adams has described his music as, " profoundly influenced by the natural world and a strong sense of place. Through sustained listening to the subtle resonances of the northern soundscape, I hope to explore the territory of sonic geography—that region between place and culture...between environment and imagination". His love of nature, concern for the environment and interest in the resonance of specific places led him to pursue the concept of sonic geography. Early examples of this idea include two works written during Adams’s sojourn in rural Georgia: Songbirdsongs, a collection of indeterminate miniature pieces for piccolos and percussion based on free translations of bird songs, Night Peace, a vocal work capturing the nocturnal soundscape of the Okefenokee Swamp through slow-changing and sparse sonic textures, his work, Sila: The Breath of the World, represents the "air element," following the representation of water in Become Ocean and the "earth element" in Inuksuit, an outdoor percussion piece.
His music, he says, is "our awareness of the world in which we live and the world's awareness of us". His more recent works include, Across the Distance, for a large number of horns, was premiered on the 5th of July, 2015 at the Cambo estate in Fife, Scotland as part of the East Neuk Festival, his recording of Ilimaq, a solo work for percussion, played by art-music percussionist and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, was released in October 2015. A combination of contemporary classical music, Alaskan field recordings, found sounds from the natural world, it evokes the travels of a shaman riding the sound of a drum to and from the spirit world. In 2014 Adams won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his orchestral piece Become Ocean, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker called "the loveliest apocalypse in musical history", it was premiered in 2013 by Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony and performed by the same conductor and orchestra at the 2014 Spring For Music music festival at Carnegie Hall. Adams had never been to Carnegie Hall before hearing his work played there to a sold-out house.
The surround-sound recording of Become Ocean on Cantaloupe Music debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart, stayed there for two straight weeks, went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. All his works are published by Taiga Press and available from Theodore Front Musical Literature In October 2015, Adams received the William Schuman Award from Columbia University; the events surrounding the award included a series of concerts of his music at the Miller Theater, including Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing, For Lou Harrison, In the White Silence. On February 8, 2015, Adams was awarded a GRAMMY in the category Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his Become Ocean In November 2014, Adams was named the Musical America 2015 Composer of the Year. Adams was the recipient of the 2010 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, he was cited by the selection committee for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries The Callithumpian Consort's recording of Adams' Four Thousand Holes was noted as one of The New Yorker's Best Classical Recordings of 2011.
In 2012, he received the 17th Annual Heinz Award with a special focus on the environment. In 2006, Adams was named one of the first United States Artists Fellows, he has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Adams received a 1993 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award Green Corn Dance for percussion ensemble Night Peace for antiphonal choirs, solo soprano and percussion songbirdsongs for 2 piccolos and 3 percussion Strange Birds Passing for flute choir up into the silence for voice and piano How the Sun Came to the Forest for chorus and alto flute, English horn, percussion and strings The Far Country of Sleep for orchestra Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping With His Daughter, Coyote Builds North America for theater magic song for one who wishes to live
Paquito D'Rivera is a Cuban-born American saxophonist and composer who plays and composes jazz and classical music. Paquito Francisco D'Rivera was born in Cuba, his father played classical saxophone, entertained his son with Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman records, he sold musical instruments. He took D'Rivera to concert bands and orchestras. At age five, D'Rivera began saxophone lessons by his father. In 1960 he attended the Havana Conservatory of Music, where he learned saxophone and clarinet and met Chucho Valdés. In 1965, he was a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, he and Valdés founded Orchestra Cubana de Musica Moderna and in 1973 the group Irakere, which fused jazz, rock and Cuban music. By 1980, D'Rivera had become dissatisfied with the constraints placed on his music in Cuba for many years. In an interview with ReasonTV, D'Rivera recalled that the Cuban communist government described jazz and rock and roll as "imperialist" music, discouraged in the 1960s/70s, that a meeting with Che Guevara sparked his desire to leave Cuba.
In early 1981, while on tour in Spain, he sought asylum with the American Embassy, leaving his wife and child behind, with a promise to bring them out of Cuba. Upon his arrival in the United States, D'Rivera found great support for his family, his mother and his sister, had left Cuba in 1968 and became US citizens. Maura had worked in the US in the fashion industry for many years, Rosario had become a respected artist/entrepreneur, he was introduced to the jazz scene at some prestigious clubs and concert halls in New York. He became something of a phenomenon after the release of his first two solo albums, Paquito Blowin' and Mariel. In 2005, D'Rivera wrote a letter criticizing musician Carlos Santana for his decision to wear a T-shirt with the image of Che Guevara on it to the 2005 Academy Awards, citing Guevara's role in the execution of counter-revolutionaries in Cuba, including his own cousin. D'Rivera has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and played with the National Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Costa Rica National Symphony, American Youth Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout his career in the United States, D'Rivera's albums have received reviews from critics and have hit the top of the jazz charts. His albums have shown a progression that demonstrates his extraordinary abilities in bebop and Latin/Caribbean music. D'Rivera's expertise transcends musical genres as he is the only artist to have won Grammy Awards in both Classical and Latin Jazz categories. D'Rivera was a judge for the 5th and 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists; the band backing D'Rivera consists of Peruvian bassist Oscar Stagnaro, Argentinean trumpeter Diego Urcola, American drummer Mark Walker, pianist Alex Brown. As a whole they are named the "Paquito D'Rivera Quintet" and under this name they were awarded the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for the album Live at the Blue Note in 2001. D'Rivera resides in New Jersey. 2003 Doctorate Honoris Causa in Music, Berklee College of Music 2004 Clarinet of the Year Award, Jazz Journalists Association 2005 NEA Jazz Masters 2005 National Medal of Arts 2006 Clarinet of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association 2007 Composer in Residence, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts 2007 Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Guggenheim Foundation 2007 Living Jazz Legend Award, The Kennedy Center and The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic Excellence 2008 President's Award, International Association for Jazz Educators 2012 Honorary Doctoral Degree, State University of New York at Old Westbury 1979 Irakere, Best Latin Recording – 22nd Annual Grammy Awards 1996 Portraits of Cuba won Best Latin Jazz Performance – 39th Annual Grammy Awards 2000 Tropicana Nights won Best Latin Jazz Album – 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2001 Live at the Blue Note – won Best Latin Jazz Album – 2nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2003 Historia del Soldad won Best Classical Album – 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2003 Brazilian Dreams won Best Latin Jazz Album – 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2004 "Merengue" won Best Instrumental Composition – 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2008 Funk Tango won Best Latin Jazz Album – 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 Panamericana Suite won Best Classical Contemporary Composition - 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards 2011 Panamericana Suite won Best Latin Jazz Album – 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2013 Song For Maura won Best Latin Jazz Album, Paquito D'Rivera with Trio Corrente, 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards 2014 Song for Maura won Best Latin Jazz Album, Paquito D'Rivera with Trio Corrente, 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards 2016 Paquito & Manzanero" 2015 Aires Tropicales" 2014'Jazz Meets the Classics 2013'Song for Maura 2012'Dia y Medio a Day and a Half 2010'Panamericana Suite, 2010'Tango Jazz, Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center 2010'Paquito D'Rivera presents Alex Brown 2010'Terra Incognita, Imani Winds 2009'Quartier Latin 2009'Jazz Clazz 2008'Back in New York with Sebastian Schunke 2007'Funk Tango SSC4551 2006'Musica Para Los Amigos 82876819032 2005'The Jazz Chamber Trio JD293 2004'Riberas 0500-02 2002'Big Band Time 59773-2 2002'Historia Del Soldado DD&R CB R014 2002'Brazilian Dreams 1010 2
Evan Ziporyn is an American composer of post-minimalist music with a cross-cultural orientation, drawing from classical music, avant-garde, various world music traditions, jazz. Ziporyn has composed for a wide range of ensembles, including symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, many types of chamber groups, solo works, sometimes involving electronics. Balinese gamelan, for which he has composed numerous works, has compositions, he is known for his solo performances on bass clarinet. Ziporyn is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as director of MIT's Center for Art, Science & Technology. At MIT he directs Gamelan Galak Tika, an ensemble he founded in 1993, a group of 30 MIT students and community members, devoted to the study and performance of new works for Balinese Gamelan. In 1992 Ziporyn founded the Bang on a Can All Stars, with whom he performed and recorded until 2012, he was a member of Steve Reich and Musicians, with whom he shared a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.
He is a member of the Eviyan Trio, with Czech violinist/vocalist Iva Bittovà and American guitarist Gyan Riley. He has released albums on Cantaloupe, New Albion, New World, Airplane Ears, CRI Emergency Music; as a performer, he has recorded for Nonesuch, Sony Classical, Point Music, among others. He has composed music for a wide range of ensembles worldwide, including Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, the American Composers Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, cellist Maya Beiser, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the MIT Wind Ensemble, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Sentieri Selvaggi, Gamelan Salukat, Gamelan Semara Ratih. Evan Ziporyn was named a 2007 USA Walker Fellow by United States Artists, an arts advocacy foundation dedicated to the support and promotion of America's top living artists, he was born in Chicago and now lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with composer Christine Southworth. He is the brother of Brook Ziporyn and Terra Ziporyn Snider, has two children, Leonardo Ziporyn and Ava Ziporyn.
Ziporyn studied at Eastman, Yale & UC Berkeley with Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, & Gerard Grisey. He first traveled to Bali in 1981, studying with Colin McPhee's 1930s musical informant, he returned on a Fulbright in 1987. Earlier that year, he performed a clarinet solo at the First Bang on a Can Marathon in New York, his involvement with BOAC continued for 25 years: in 1992 he co-founded the Bang on a Can All-stars, with whom he 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. He co-produced their seminal 1996 recording of Brian Eno's Music for Airports, as well as their 2012 Big Beautiful Dark & Scary, he left the group in the fall of that year to form Eviyan with Iva Bittová and Gyan Riley, with whom he now concertizes and records regularly. In the fall of 2013 he founded the www.criticalband.org, a group devoted to the music of the late British composer Steve Martland.
Ziporyn joined the MIT faculty in 1990, founding Gamelan Galak Tika there in 1993, beginning a series of groundbreaking compositions for gamelan & western instruments. These include three evening-length works, 2001's ShadowBang, 2004's Oedipus Rex at the American Repertory Theater, 2009's A House in Bali, an opera which joins western singers with Balinese traditional performers, 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 New York Counterpoint in 1996, sharing in that ensemble's Grammy Award 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 Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Maya Beiser, So Percussion, Wu Man, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with whom he recorded two CDs, Frog's Eye and Big Grenadilla/Mumbai.
His honors include awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Herb Alpert Foundation, USA Artists Walker Fellowship, MIT's Kepes Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, as well as commissions from Meet the Composer/Commissioning Music USA and the Rockefeller MAP Fund. Recordings of his works have been released on Cantaloupe, Sony Classical, New Albion, New World, Naxos, CRI, he is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT. He serves as Inaugural Director of MIT's new Center for Art Science and Technology. Eviyan LiveNovember 2013, Victo Records Iva Bittova, Gyan Riley, Evan Ziporyn Compositions and improvisations by Bittova and ZiporynIn My Mind and In My CarOctober 2013, Airplane Ears Music Clarinet / Bass Clarinet performed by Evan Ziporyn Electronics and composition by Christine Southworth and Evan ZiporynBig Grenadilla / MumbaiApril 2012, Cantaloupe Records Big Grenadilla Mumbai Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, conductorFrog's EyeOctober 2006, Cantaloupe Records Performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Frog's Eye, The Ornate Zither