Saturday, April 16, 2016

USA: MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble featuring EVIYAN: World Premieres April 22, 2016

Special Night of Music at MIT: Concert Friday, April 22 Exploring Improsition—the melding of improvisation and compositionMIT Festival Jazz Ensemble; Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director. Special guests: EVIYAN (Iva Bittová, Gyan Riley, and Evan Ziporyn) 8:00 PM, MIT Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA.
 Exploring Improsition—the melding of improvisation and composition
This very special concert promises to be one of MIT’s musical highlights of the season. MIT’s flagship jazz ensemble merges with one of today's most fascinating improvisatory trios.
April 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM, MIT Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge MA 02139.
Ticket Information:
MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director. Special guests: EVIYAN (Iva Bittová, Gyan Riley, and Evan Ziporyn).
Ricky Richardson, ’12, and members of the MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble are also featured.
World premiere arrangements of EVIYAN compositions by Jamshied Sharifi, 83’, and world premiere arrangements of compositions by Kurt Rosenwinkle and Leslie Bricusse by Richard Oates, ’18, and Garrett Parrish, ’17. Also music of Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer, Cole Porter, and Hermeto Pascoal (in honor of his 80th birthday).
The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble’s recent recording on Sunnyside Records was chosen in January 2016 as one of Down Beat Magazine’s “Best Albums of 2015,” one of only six “Five-Star Masterpieces,” alongside recordings by Tony Bennett and Vijay Iyer.
EVIYAN is Iva Bittova, Gyan Riley & Evan Ziporyn - 3 unique composer/performers merging into a singular sound, a blend of world roots, post-minimalism, and jazz. These eclectic, genre-crossing musicians, join forces to create a soundtrack for the 21st century global village - simple, organic and direct, a music of intensity and lyricism, earthy impact and instrumental virtuosity.
Legendary vocalist/violinist Iva Bittova draws on the sounds of her native Moravia, and her lineage in the rich traditions of Slovakia and the Roma people. Clarinetist Evan Ziporyn has toured the globe for over 30 years in search of new musical possibilities, studying with Balinese gamelan masters and collaborating with astonishing musicians from around the world including India, China, and Senegal. His 25-year involvement with New York's Bang on a Can brought him into close collaboration with many of the world's most cutting edge musicians and composers. Guitarist Gyan Riley brings the virtuosity of two venerable traditions - western classical guitar and the rigors of Hindustani music - together with the harmonic deftness of jazz and the grit of rock-and-roll.