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Vijay Iyer's City of Sand Premieres with A Far Cry and Silk Road Ensemble

May. 01, 2017

Vijay Iyer's <em>City of Sand</em> Premieres with A Far Cry and Silk Road Ensemble

On May 26, the Boston-based “self-conducted” string orchestra A Far Cry brings to life an innovative collaboration with the traditional-meets-contemporary Silk Road Ensemble, culminating in the world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s City of Sand at Boston’s Jordan Hall.

Iyer’s City of Sand, co-commissioned by both groups, is scored for clarinet, tabla, pipa, percussion and string orchestra. The performance features soloists from the Silk Road Ensemble, including Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Sandeep Das (tabla), Wu Man (pipa), and Joseph Gramley (percussion). This marks Iyer’s second work for the musicians of Silk Road, following Playlist for an Extreme Occasion, his contribution to the group’s 2013 album A Playlist Without Borders. Listen to Silk Road violist Nick Cords discuss their previous "Playlist" collaboration:

This summer, the Ojai Music Festival presents the world premeire of Iyer’s new violin concerto, Trouble, composed for violinist Jennifer Koh and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The premiere takes place June 8 at Ojai, followed by performances at Berkeley, California’s Zellerbach Hall (presented by Cal Performances) on June 15 and at the Tanglewood Music Festival on July 13. Iyer is the Ojai Festival’s 2017 Music Director.

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Vijay Iyer
City of Sand (2017)
for clarinet, tabla, pipa, percussion, and string orchestra

Playlist for an Extreme Occasion (2011)
for Galician gaita or piano, sheng, tabla, 2 percussionists, violin, and cello

Trouble (2017)
for violin and chamber ensemble
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