Vijay Iyer and Friends

Vijay Iyer playing piano

$40 | $20 under 35 | $10 Students

Ghosts Everywhere I Go

Vijay Iyer has a penchant for imbuing impeccably crafted musical structures with layers of thoughtfulness and meaning. The MacArthur Genius fellow brings that same sensibility to this world premiere, inspired by the writings of poet, sociologist, comic book author, and University of Chicago professor Eve L. Ewing. 

Eve L. Ewing writes: “I am interested in critically examining the world in which we live, asking questions about why it functions the way it does, and using imaginative work as a way of thinking through how it could be otherwise.” In this new collaboration, composer-pianist Vijay Iyer presents a suite of original music in dialogue with Prof. Ewing’s works — Ghosts in the Schoolyard, Electric Arches1919, and Marvel’s Ironheart — sounding out the unique, quintessentially Chicagoan balance of historical melancholy, critical intensity, and speculative exuberance in Ewing’s writing. Iyer convenes a special ensemble for the occasion, including former Chicagoans Nicole Mitchell (flute), Jeff Parker (guitar), and Joel Ross (vibraphone), along with bassist Nick Dunston, drummer Jeremy Dutton, and vocalists Eden Girma and Julian Otis, with texts by Prof. Ewing.

Supported by the Revada Foundation and the Harve A. Ferrill Concert Fund. Presented in partnership with Chicago Jazz Magazine, DownBeat, Jazz Institute of Chicago, and WDCB 90.9 FM. 


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