Evan Ziporyn

This Week, 25 October 2010

Where I’ll be, where I wish I’ll be, where you might want to be: Tues­day Octo­ber 26: Le Pois­son Rouge to see Steve Lehman’s Octet.  Some of the smartest, tough­est, musi­cally sophis­ti­cated, inter­est­ing and excit­ing jazz being made these days. Wednes­day Octo­ber 27: R. Mur­ray Schafer opens this year’s Ear To The Earth Fes­ti­val (a rare appearance(…)

Stranger In A Strange Land

In the 1930’s, Cana­dian com­poser Colin McPhee lived for the most part in Indone­sia, mainly on the islands of Bali and Java, where he stud­ied and tran­scribed game­lan music. Although obscure to the gen­eral pub­lic and even to much of the clas­si­cal world, his stud­ies and the ways in which he incor­po­rated the tra­di­tional music(…)

Go See: Brooklyn 2010-11 And More

A lot of what I see and rec­om­mend is in Man­hat­tan because that’s where some great per­form­ing orga­ni­za­tions and venues are. But too much of Man­hat­tan is stuck per­ma­nently in the 1980s, with cock-of-the-walk finan­cial and real estate types run­ning things, and run­ning them into the ground. Brook­lyn is great on its own, and by(…)

Composer Marathon

The Bang on a Can marathon has a real fes­ti­val approach to music, pre­sent­ing jazz, tra­di­tional and mod­ern per­form­ing tra­di­tions, and also com­posers. There’s as much vari­ety among these names: Fitkin, Perich, Xenakis and Ziporyn. The ter­rific stu­dent Face The Music group played Fitkin’s “Mesh,” an enjoy­able piece of post-Minimalist instru­men­tal pop; it smoothest off(…)