Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project

Rounded - Trio Poets Iyer, Vijay & Mike Ladd - IW2013
March 8-9, 2013

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

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Performed by
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

Video Design by Tim Brown
Lighting by Alan Edwards
Scenic Design by Dede Ayite
Assistant Video Designer Katherine Akiko Day

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