Evan Chambers (b 1963, Alexandria, Louisiana) writes music informed by the energy and physicality of folk performance, and by an increasing concern for environmental issues. His compositions bear the stamp of his family’s participation in the American folk revival and an early exposure to the edginess and immediacy of community music-making. The result honors traditional roots as diverse as Albanian polyphony, Sufi Qawwali music, Sacred Harp singing, Irish dance tunes, and American polkas. His work has been described by the Washington Post as “luminous, wistful…undeniably poignant,” “with an elegant sense of restrained longing.”
Chambers has performed as a vocalist in his own works, and is also an avid traditional-Irish fiddler, appearing as a soloist in Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra in 2008. He was awarded first prize in the Cincinnati Symphony Composers' Competition, and was awarded the Walter Beeler Composition Prize by Ithaca College; his work has been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the International Luigi Russolo Competition, Vienna Modern Masters, and the American Composers Forum. His works have been performed by the Cincinnati, Kansas City, Spokane, Memphis, New Hampshire, and Albany Symphonies, among others. He is a member of the Lindisfarne Fellowship, and serves as Chair of Composition at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
For further inquiries about Evan Chambers, please visit his website at www.evanchambers.net