Evan Ziporyn
Clarinetist & 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, bassclarinet, 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.
  • Photo courtesy Jeff Lieberman