Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: In What Language?

Improvisational in nature and hybrid to the core, In What Language? is a 21st-century song cycle combining music by Alpert Award-winning pianist/composer Vijay Iyer with spoken text by poet/hip-hop artist Mike Ladd. The piece depicts the interior monologues of various travelers and laborers of color confronting the hyper-globalized setting of an international airport. Directed by Rachel Dickstein, the work is scored for seven musicians and four speaking voices, with lighting design and video projections by Clifton Taylor.

The collaborating artists were inspired by recent political events and tightened travel restrictions. In response to this work, Rolling Stone wrote that "in the post-9/11 world, we are all suspects: probed, interrogated, x-rayed and doubted. A song cycle of powerful narrative invention and ravishing trance-jazz, In What Language? is about nothing less than the death of trust."

Funded by The Herb Alpert Foundation.


Date/Time G ST CA
Thur10.14.04 8:30 pm $28 $20 $14
Fri 10.15.04 8:30 pm$28$20$14
Sat 10.16.04 8:30 pm$28$20$14

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CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff