- Sun, Apr 29, 2018 04:00 AM
48 Massachusetts Avenue
Latitude: 42.3582, Longitude: -71.0948
Waking Winds: Innovative Music from MIT MIT Wind Ensemble Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor Awakening by Jamshied Sharifi, guest composer; Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble by Don Byron, with Evan Ziporyn, guest clarinet soloist; Strawberry Letter 23 (Shuggie Otis, arr. Ziporyn); Insurgence for Percussion Ensemble by Kathryn Salfelder; music for Saxophone Ensemble, and a special tribute to renowned Belmont (MA) music educator John McLellan. Please join the MIT Wind Ensemble in its 2017-2018 season finale, featuring MIT alumnus and composer Jamshied Sharifi’s Awakening, a moving and thought-provoking piece commissioned by MITWE in 2011 in recognition of the Arab Spring, Don Bryon’s fascinating Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble with soloist Evan Ziporyn, Kathryn Salfelder’s Insurgence, her new work for percussion ensemble, music for clarinet and saxophone ensembles, and a very special tribute to renowned and beloved Belmont music educator (and frequent collaborator with MITWE), John McLellan. _______________ Jamshied Sharifi is a New York-based composer, producer, and keyboardist. Born in Topeka, Kansas to an Iranian father and an American mother, Sharifi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities, and Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging. At MIT and Berklee, he studied with the legendary Herb Pomeroy, who asked him at graduation to lead the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. While in Boston, Sharifi studied piano with Charlie Banacos, and West African drumming with Godwin Agbeli and Abubakari Lunna. Sharifi has composed the scores for the studio feature films Harriet The Spy, Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, Muppets From Space, and many other films and television shows. As a producer, he has made records for Mamak Khadem, Yungchen Lhamo, Pharaoh’s Daughter, Susan McKeown, and Mirabai Ceiba. As an arranger, he has written for Ray Charles, Paula Cole, Dream Theater, Carole King, Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, and Donny Osmond. His world-inspired debut CD, A Prayer For The Soul Of Layla, was named ‘Best World Album’ by New Age Voice magazine, and ‘Best Album of the Year’ by critic and radio host John Diliberto. In 2009 he served as an arranger for the Inaugural Concert for President Obama at Lincoln Memorial. Recent projects include orchestrations for Sting’s musical The Last Ship, The Band’s Visit and a new performing ensemble with percussionist Mino Cinelu. ______________Composer-clarinetist Evan Ziporyn has composed for the Silk Road Ensemble, the American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider, So Percussion, Maya Beiser, Wu Man, Sentieri Selvaggi, and Bang on a Can All-Stars. He studied at Eastman, Yale and UC Berkeley with Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, and Gerard Grisey. He is the Inaugural Director of MIT’s new Center for Art, Science and Technology, where he has taught since 1990. His work is informed by his 30-plus year involvement with traditional gamelan. He received a Fulbright in 1987, founded Gamelan Galak Tika in 1993, and has composed a series of groundbreaking compositions for gamelan and western instruments. These include three evening-length works: ShadowBang (2001), Oedipus Rex (2004, Robert Woodruff, director), and A House in Bali (2009), which was featured at BAM Next Wave in October 2010. Awards include a USA Artist Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Prize from the American Academy, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, the MIT Gyorgy Kepes Prize, and commissions from Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, Rockefeller Multi-Arts Program, and Meet the Composer. He co-founded the Bang on a Can All-stars in 1992, performing with the group for 20 years. He has also recorded with Paul Simon, Steve Reich Ensemble (sharing in their 1998 Grammy), and Matthew Shipp, and he currently performs with Iva Bittova and Gyan Riley in Eviyan. __________________ John McLellan has served as an Instrumental Music Director and Band Director in the Belmont Public Schools since 1983. Under his direction, the Chenery Middle School Music Department has developed into one of the premier public school music programs in the United States, with ensembles performing at many concerts and festivals around New England. A gifted composer, Mr. McLellan has written over 500 new pieces of music, each one composed to personally reflect a student as they reach their next level of study. His large and small ensembles have been consistently recognized for their excellence at the state and national levels and he has received numerous awards for his talents as a music educator including the MICCA Hall of Fame Award and the Heidi Castleman Award from Chamber Music America for his long-term promotion of chamber music. __________________ About the MIT Wind Ensemble Founded by Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. in the fall of 1999, the MIT Wind Ensemble (21M.426) is comprised of advanced undergraduate & graduate MIT students from a wide range of disciplines. MITWE performs four concerts per year on the MIT campus and one off-campus. Repertoire includes standard outstanding wind repertoire and new music for full wind ensemble, chamber winds, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, and woodwind ensembles. Since 2001, the MIT Wind Ensemble has commissioned dozens of original works and has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winners, the late Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, Michael Colgrass, and many other composers. MITWE has produced three professional CDs, Waking Winds (2004, Innova Records), Solo Eclipse (2008, Albany Records), and Infinite Winds (2015, Sunnyside Records), which was recognized as a “masterpiece” by Downbeat Magazine in 2016 and chosen as part of its top ten recordings of 2015. MITWE has been featured on PBS and NPR. Soloists with MITWE have included Kenneth Amis (tuba player of the Empire Brass), Don Byron, Evan Ziporyn, Kenny Werner, Bill McHenry, and numerous student soloists. “[MITWE performs with] a tremendous amount of passionate music-making and artistry . . . [it] plays at a consistently mature, aesthetically engaging level,” notes Boston’s The Art Fuse in a 2013 MITWE concert review.