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Vijay Iyer + Wadada Leo Smith: Prism 1965

April 12, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Prism 1965 is a new work of live music and visuals focusing on America in 1965.  This pivotal year was marked by the assassination of Malcolm X the marches in Selma led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the US invasion of Vietnam and subsequent protests the Watts Uprising and the passage of two key pieces of legislation- the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Composer-performers Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) and Vijay Iyer (piano, Fender Rhodes, electronics) together with Whitney Artist-in-Residence Chiraag Bhakta (HAS ’99) (visuals) will offer a sonic and visual meditation on the relevance of those past events to our present moment creating possibilities for meaning that language cannot touch. Held on April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford.