A colourful celebration of the spring season is what we need in November, as we enter the darkest time of the year.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s iconic ballet The Rite of Spring, jazz musician and composer Viljay Iyer joined filmmaker Prashant Bhargava in a true tribute. The work they have created is named Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi and is a multimedia work consisting of music, film and electronics.
This music explores another spring ritual, the Hindu Holi festival, also known as the Festival of Spring. The film shows the colourful celebration of love between the divine creatures Krishna and Radha, and the music accompanies the visual ballet. The composer will join us in Bodø and play one of the piano parts.
In the first part of the concert, we will hear Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements. This symphony was composed during the same period as the composer was re-creating his masterpiece The Rite of Spring. We can hear elements from this in the symphony. The Symphony in Three Movements was the first piece that Stravinsky composed after he moved to the US. It premiered in 1946. Some parts of this music were originally written for different film projects.
Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi is composed by the American composer and jazz musician Vijay Iyer. He is the son of Indian immigrants, and we can hear that he is inspired by Indian folk music in this work. Iyer is one of the most famous jazz musicians today, with Grammy nominations and prestigious prizes on his CV.