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Holding It Down: Premiere of a New Multimedia Work by Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd

The most recent collaboration of composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd, entitled Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, received its world premiere last week (September 19-22) at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This multimedia work, epic in scope, yet poignant in its emotional nuance,… Read More >

Rites of Spring | New music by Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, and Steve Lehman

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Vijay Iyer, composer and pianist
Vijay Iyer—one of the most exciting jazz pianists of our time—presents a new piece commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts for ICE inspired by the Holi festival, the Hindu festival of colors. The new work is accompanied… Read More >

Gilberto Gil: Royal Festival Hall, London

Robin Denselow
The Guardian, Tuesday 27 July 2010 17.00 EDT
The former Brazilian minister of culture advised hecklers that he “wouldn’t be playing the hits – only forró, just for a change”, and proceeded to continue the musical experiments that he began back in the 60s. Since… Read More >

Back2Black – review

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Originally posted on The Guardian. Click here to view the original article.
Old Billingsgate, London
Robin Denselow
The Guardian, Monday 2 July 2012 10.32 EDT
In Rio, this annual celebration of the links between Brazil’s black culture and Africa is held in a grand disused railway station. In… Read More >

Gilberto Gil celebrates 50 years of music in Europe

Originally posted on euronews. Click here to view the original article.
Legendary Brazilian guitarist Gilberto Gil is currently in Europe for a world tour to mark the singer-songwriter’s 50 years in music. A remarkable career that includes 50 albums and eight Grammy awards.
The latest tour is… Read More >