MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble with EVIYAN – April 22nd

April 13, 2016

MITThis 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.

EVIYAN is Iva Bittova, Gyan Riley & Evan Ziporyn – three 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.

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) are to be featured.

The concert is on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM, MIT Kresge Auditorium, 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139. Ticket Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/festival-jazz-ensemble-exploring-improsition-tickets-24099520314

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