On Friday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, Q2 spotlights the fertile, inclusive and high-octane music-making of composer Evan Ziporyn, whose opera, A House in Bali, receives its New York premiere this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For three continuous hours, enjoy full sonic immersion in Zipoyrn's diverse music worlds with recordings ranging from the virtuosity of So Percussion to live performances by Zyporyn's Gamelan Galak Tika from the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon.
A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and and a member of Steve Reich and Musicians, Ziporyn shares his fascination and commitment to gamelan music and ensembles through this new opera.
A House in Bali is based on the memoirs of Ziporyn's spiritual predecessor Colin McPhee -- a Canadian-born composer who spent most of the 1930s studying and documenting gamelan music in its home: Bali, Indonesia. With a musical texture that combines a 16-part gamelan ensemble with the vitality of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, A House in Bali presents a distinct 21st century take on a tradition that has bewildered, bemused and inspired Western composers for centuries.
Get an exclusive 3-hour sneak peek into Ziporyn's musical world this Friday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Q2.