On Thursday, April 13 at 7 pm, Q2 Music and host Helga Davis presented a live show from The Greene Space at WQXR as Vijay Iyer — the pianist-composer whose music is “at once provocative and accessible, intellectually substantive and sensually attractive” (Chicago Tribune) — shared the stage with a diverse array of musical collaborators. Watch the complete show below.
Included on the program were solo piano music by Iyer, and duets with the dynamic drummer-composer Tyshawn Sorey and with Iyer's longtime performing partner saxophonist-composer Rudresh Mahanthappa.* Acclaimed violinist and champion of new music Jennifer Koh performed Esa-Pekka Salonen’s lyrical Lachen Verlernt, while George Lewis, the pioneering composer, scholar and member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, joined Ms. Davis on stage for a conversation.
*Rudresh Mahanthappa has graciously agreed to step in last-minute for trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith who was going to perform excerpts of his and Iyer's A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke, but who had to withdraw due to a back injury.
This event is presented in partnership with the 2017 Ojai Music Festival in California where Iyer is serving as music director, and where he will be joined by diverse artists, including the above, for a four-day festival of premieres and bold new music. For more information about the upcoming Festival, please visit www.ojaifestival.org.