Evan Ziporyn premieres Old Growth and In My Mind and In My Car
Music by Evan Ziporyn and Christine Southworth
First Biennial Quarry Festival of Sound Art and Performance Art
Contemporary Arts International
September 7, 2013 9 pm
This 30-minute New England Emmy Award winning documentary features the March 2012 premiere of “Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring through Music,” by composer Jamshied Sharifi ‘83. Commissioned by MIT Music and Theater Arts, with funding from the MIT Visiting Artists program, the work was first performed by the MIT Wind Ensemble conducted by Frederick Harris, Jr., music director.
The video, by MIT Video Productions, first broadcast on the Boston PBS affiliate WGBH 2 on Friday, May 31, 2013, was made possible in part by Jane and A. Neil Pappalardo ’64.
Evan Ziporyn's Odd Meeting, Live at Molde Jazz Festival, July 17, 2014
Before performing his seminal work, I am sitting in a room, at the CAST symposium in September 2014, minimalist composer Alvin Lucier spoke with Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, MIT and Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, about his early compositions, his process and his influences. In this interview, Lucier shares insights about the artistic and musical landscape in the 1960s, including anecdotes about Sol LeWitt, the Judson Dancers, Steve Reich, John Cage and David Tudor. He also describes the impact certain technologies, such as the loudspeaker created by Amar Bose at MIT and the brain wave amplifier developed by Edmond Dewan, have had on his work.