Vijay Iyer Interviewed About the Ojai Festival 

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...


We are programming music and people who inspire me and whom I’ve known and trusted through 20 years of musical exploration and collaboration. It was a very organic process working with (Ojai Artistic Director) Tom Morris over a two year period. Much of this music Tom did not know, but he was very enthusiastic about my ideas and he’s gotten very excited about this program. We will present a wide group of people I have collaborated with over the years in multiple musical communities; the idea of genre just doesn’t pertain anymore. We will feature improvisational forms with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, a new fully-notated violin concerto with Jennifer Koh, a multi-media piece with video by Prashant Bhargava, the Brentano Quartet playing my music plus Kurtag and Mozart, and much more