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)
with Prashant Bhargava, director
7pm | 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.
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: The 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.