Evan Ziporyn has dedicated his life to bringing the most exciting ideas from world music to the West. In last year's groundbreaking hit solo CD, This is Not a Clarinet, Ziporyn's Western clarinet merged seamlessly with sources from Japan, Bali, East Africa; creating a kind of music that transcends nation or group in a totally convincing and utterly personal way.
In his new CD, ShadowBang, Ziporyn teams up with Balinese singer and shadow puppet master Wayan Wija to create a unique cross-cultural music theater event. ShadowBang combines the magic realism of a Balinese folk narrative with the raucous American sound of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Singing, shouting, hard-driving tunes, ringing electric guitar - the result is a riot of sound and virtuosity.
"The intensity of Ziporyn's music rises and falls, but always carries listeners along; it's got a natural, unhurried quality that transcends idiom."
-Harvey Pekar, PRI Public Arts
"Evan Ziporyn is hardly the first American composer to obsess over the Balinese gamelan orchestra, but Ziporyn brings a unique perspective to his cross-cultural melange... a provocative prism of sound and culture."
-Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press
For more information about the composer, visit the artist page for Evan Ziporyn.
For more information about the performers, visit the artist page for the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
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