Vijay Iyer with International Contemporary Ensemble | UAE Premiere
RADHE RADHE: RITES OF HOLI | VIJAY IYER AND TIRTHA
When / Thursday & Friday, March 30 & 31, 2017, 8pm
Where / Red Theater
A scintillating live music and film collaboration exploring the Hindu Festival of Colors plus Vijay Iyer’s acclaimed Indo-jazz trio, Tirtha.
In RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi, composer and pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava respond to Stravinsky’s Le Sacré du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) with a new work for chamber ensemble and film. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) joins Iyer to perform his shimmering score in live counterpoint with Bhargava’s scintillating cinematic descent into the streets of India for the Hindu Festival of Colors. The result is a ballet of sorts: an encounter between live music and film, between lived experience and myth, the self and the transformed self, winter and spring.
Opening the evening is Vijay Iyer and Tirtha, a dynamic trio collaboration with two internationally renowned young Indian musicians living in the US. Iyer, along with Chennai-born guitarist/composer Prasanna and Hyderabad native tabla player Nitin Mitta, perform 21st-century global chamber music that is eminently listenable and vibrantly alive. The full evening displays why the brilliantly eclectic Iyer is one of the mostly highly acclaimed artists of the past 2 decades.
“Radhe Radhe is both a testament to Stravinsky’s continued influence and a richly successful creative expression on its own terms…[a] visually and sonically dazzling collaboration.” – NPR
[International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is] “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music.”- The New York Times
Pianist Vijay Iyer (VID-jay EYE-yer) presents Tirtha (pronounced “TEER-tha”), an exciting and dynamic trio collaboration with two internationally renowned young Indian musicians living in the US. Pioneering guitarist Prasanna is a celebrated virtuoso of South Indian classical music as well as an accomplished composer in Western traditions. The prodigiously gifted tabla player Nitin Mitta has emerged rapidly as one of North America’s most in-demand Indian percussionists. Performing original compositions by Iyer and Prasanna, the trio generates an astonishingly full ensemble sound, achieving a natural and organic synthesis of traditions. The result is a 21st-century global chamber music that is eminently listenable and vibrantly alive. Iyer says of this project, “You can’t call it fusion because we’re not self-conscious about the ingredients. We’re just drawing from who we are as citizens of the world.”
RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi was created for and commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional commissioning funds for revision and completion of the work were provided by The Brooklyn Academy of Music/Next Wave Festival, CAP UCLA and The Strathmore Hall Foundation.