Introducing the world premiere of a new group: world/fusion music featuring Iva Bittová, Gyan Riley, & Evan Ziporyn, with Sandeep Das & Blake Newman and special guest Victor Gama

EVIYAN is Iva Bittová, Gyan Riley, and Evan Ziporyn: three unique composer-performers merging into a singular sound, an intimate blend of Eastern European folk traditions, Indian classical music, gamelan, jazz, rock, cabaret and minimalism.

Clarinetist/composer Evan Ziporyn has toured the globe for over 30 years in search of new musical possibilities, studying with Balinese gamelan masters and collaborating with musicians from Asia, Africa and Europe on numerous groundbreaking cross-cultural works. Learn more about Evan Ziporyn.

Legendary vocalist/violinist Iva Bittová’s captivating and unforgettable vocal palette, ever expanding, merges the age-old practices of her Moravian and Roma roots with an urban sophistication drawing equally on jazz, rock, cabaret and the avant-garde. Learn more about Iva Bittová.

Acoustic 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. The son of minimalist master Terry Riley, he is now a fixture on the New York new music scene. Learn more about Gyan Riley.

In trio’s debut, exploratory musicians turn inward: EVIYAN concert review Boston Globe, 3/4/2013.

Evan Ziporyn continues his musical experimentation Boston Globe, 3/1/2013.

Join Us At This Public Event

EVIYAN: World Premiere

Saturday, March 2, 2013
7:30pm | Kresge Auditorium

48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Open to the public


General admission: $20
Other students: $10
MIT students, faculty and staff: Free
Tickets available online in advance. Cash at the door.

Joining EVIYAN onstage will be tabla master Sandeep Das (of Yo-yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble), Blake Newman (bass), and visionary instrument builder and soundscapist Victor Gama, MIT CAST Visiting Artist.

Tablaist Sandeep Das hails from Benares, India. He is well known the western audiences through his ongoing work with Yo-yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. In 2011, he premiered Ziporyn’s tabla concerto Mumbai with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Learn more about Sandeep Das

Bassist Blake Newman has worked with Rinde Eckart, John Kelly, Robert Woodruff and the American Repertory Theater, & MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika. He has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie & Alice Tully Hall and is a regular member of the Jeff Robinson Trio. Learn more about Blake Newman.

Angolan-born Victor Gama is a composer/performer, instrument make and electronic engineer based in Lisbon. He has exhibited and performed his instruments and sound installations extensively in Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe, including commissions by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh. His many collaborations include those with the Kronos Quartet, Max Eastley, Nana Vasconcelos, and his band The Folk Songs Trio. His work Pangeia Instrumentos was released by Aphex Twin on Rephlex Records. Learn more about Victor Gama.

Co-presented by the Department of Music and Theater Arts.

This concert is made possible by the Department of Music and Theater Arts and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. CAST connects artists, scientists, and engineers through a practice of experimentation, risk-taking, and imaginative problem solving.