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Thirsty Ear Festival: Eviyan, Untwelve, Fulcrum Point 

When: Sat., July 20, 5 p.m. 2013
Price: $20
Guitarist Gyan Riley, clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, and vocalist-violinist Iva Bittova are among the most interesting and unclassifiable composers on New York’s bustling new-music scene, each one a dominant personality with a trademark sound. Riley, son of pioneering minimalist Terry, is an excellent acoustic guitarist whose compositions braid disparate traditions (classical, Brazilian, fingerstyle folk) into a cogent, stately hybrid. Ziporyn, a Chicago native, cofounded the influential Bang on a Can festival and for years anchored its house band, the Bang on a Can All-Stars; he writes dynamic minimalist pieces that often incorporate elements of Indonesian gamelan music, a particular passion of his. The Czech-born Bittova, a fierce creative force, invests her skeletal compositions with an exciting mix of eastern European folk and improvisational whimsy. Last year they formed the collective Eviyan, to which they each contribute compositions; all three members subsequently reshape them, both with new arrangements and with improvisation. They haven’t gone into the studio yet, but the live material on their website is vibrant and peripatetic, its multifarious compositional approaches blending to provide an effective launch pad for the spontaneous, intimate interplay that’s the group’s raison d’etre. Eviyan’s Chicago debut is part of the second Thirsty Ear Festival, which will be simulcast as a special double-length episode of WFMT’s new-music program, Relevant Tones. The bill also includes members of Fulcrum Point performing works for trumpet and electronics by Mischa Zupko and Chicago ensemble Untwelve playing music in just intonation. —Peter Margasak Eviyan headlines; Untwelve and Fulcrum Point open.

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