Vijay Iyer, Prashant Bhargava and International Contemporary Ensemble

Tags/Genres Jazz, World Music

The program for The Rite of Spring at 100 features the world premiere of RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi, a new work by Vijay Iyer ? one of the most exciting jazz pianists of our time ? in collaboration with celebrated flimmaker Prashant Bhargava.

Iyer returns to Memorial Hall for the third time this spring in a Carolina Performing Arts commissioned piece inspired by the Holi festival, which is the Hindu ?rite of spring? celebration. It will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and feature a video by Bhargava featuring footage of the Holi festival in Mathura, a town in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Additionally, the program will include works by recent ICE collaborators Tyshawn Sorey and Steve Lehman. ICE is a collective of musicians committed to redefining concert music and bringing together new music and new audiences through collaborations with emerging composers and sound artists.



?? one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today.?
? Pitchfork (on Vijay Iyer)

?? one of the hottest new-music groups in the country …?
? The Washington Post (on ICE)


Screening: PATANG

with Prashant Bhargava, director
6:30pm | March 25
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center
Join us for a screening and conversation with one of our Rite of Spring at 100 artists, director Prashant Bhargava. Following a screening of his film PATANG, he will discuss the inspiration behind the film as well as the process of making RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi. The new film will make its world premiere the following night at UNC’s Memorial Hall with Vijay Iyer and International Contemporary Ensemble. FREE and open to the public.


Post Performance Discussion: RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi

with Vijay Iyer, Prashant Bhargava and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble

After the performance | March 26
Memorial Hall
After the premiere of RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi, join us for a conversation with the artists as they discuss the new work. Included in the discussion are composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, as well as members of International Contemporary Ensemble Claire Chase (artistic director and flutist), Joshua Rubin (program director) and Ross Karre (percussionist). The talk will elaborate on the creative process behind the collaborative work commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts.

Human Canvas: The Holi Festival as a ‘Rite of Spring’

with Vijay Iyer and Prashant Bhargava, led by Afroz Taj
5pm | March 27
Faculty Lounge, UNC Campus Y
Join UNC professor Afroz Taj as he moderates a discussion about Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that celebrates the arrival of spring. The talk will feature celebrated composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and award-winning filmmaker Prashant Bhargava. The two artists collaborated on the Carolina Performing Arts commission of RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi, which captures the Hindu ?rite of spring?. The talk will explore the Holi festival, its history, and the context in which it’s celebrated. Presented in partnership with the UNC Campus Y.