Vijay Iyer, a noted composer, jazz pianist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, will make his Oz debut on Saturday night in two innovative works: Mutations I-X, an extended suite for string quartet, piano and electronics; and Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, a collaboration with the filmmaker Prashant Bhargava.
Composed a decade ago for the string quartet Ethel (which appeared last season at Oz), Mutations was Iyer’s first foray into chamber music. The 10-movement suite, released last month on the ECM label, explores Iyer’s fascination with process, with the way music evolves (make that mutates) over time.
Iyer and Bhargava created Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The subject of Stravinsky’s ballet was a fictional pagan sacrifice. Iyer and Bhargava, on the other hand, celebrate a real spring rite, the Hindu Holi festival. The film and music are both colorful and vivid.
Iyer performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at Oz, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir. To read the Nashville Scene’s interview with Iyer, click here. For tickets and additional information, click here.