Evan Ziporyn
Clarinetist and Composer
Lexington, MA
2007 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Christopher V. Walker.

The music of composer Evan Ziporyn combines Western traditions with Indonesian gamelan, resulting in a cross-cultural hybrid that is foreign yet recognizable. He also plays the clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano saxophone and is a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Ziporyn is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where in 1993 he founded Gamelan Galak Tika, a thirty-member ensemble made up of students, staff, and community members who study and perform traditional and modern Balinese music.

Portrait photo courtesy Christine Southworth.
  • Artwork by Evan Ziporyn
    Photo courtesy Jeff Lieberman
Artwork by Evan Ziporyn