Conceived and created by Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd
Directed by Patricia McGregor
“epic in scope, yet poignant in its emotional nuance… a seamless and deeply moving journey.” -Sequenza 21
Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project unites jazz composer/ pianist sensation Vijay Iyer and spoken word phenomenon Mike Ladd with veteran/ poet Maurice Decaul and more. This innovative concert sheds musical and poetic light on what it means for American soldiers of color to return home from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Friday, March 8 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 & 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15 – $38
Vijay Iyer piano, laptop, compositions
Mike Ladd poetry, vocals, analog synthesizer
Maurice Decaul poetry
Lynn Hill poetry
Guillermo E. Brown vocals, electronics
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs vocals, electronics
Liberty Ellman guitar
Okkyung Lee cello
Kassa Overall percussion
Performance is approximately 90 minutes without intermission
Harlem Stage is the Commissioner of Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, through its WaterWorks program. The world premiere was at The Harlem Stage Gatehouse Sep. 19-22, 2012. WaterWorks is supported by Time Warner and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Holding it Down was produced by Harlem Stage, in association with Music + Art Management, Inc. and Multiplicity Musics, LLC.
Project management and representation Music + Art: Steve Cohen and Lauren Snelling