Artist Projects

In What Language?


Vijay Iyer , Mike Ladd

In What Language? explores individual identity in the era of globalization. The piece depicts interior monologues of travelers at an international airport. Characters portrayed in In What Language? are based on real-life voyagers, such as scientist Wen Ho Lee and poet Taslima Nasreen; the libretto is inspired by news articles, INS documents, autobiographical writings, and other source material. The piece is performed by Iyer, Ladd, and an ensemble of ten musicians and vocalists.

Project Updates

  • 2004: Iyer and Ladd perform pieces from In What Language? at the London Jazz Festival, Roy Edna Disney CalArts Theater, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival

  • 2005: Iyer and Ladd host CD release shows for In What Language? at the Jazz Standard in New York and Regattabar in Boston

  • 2008: Iyer and Ladd perform pieces from In What Language? at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT

  • Artists

    Vijay Iyer

    Pianist Vijay Iyer is recognized as one of the most innovative jazz improvisers working today. The leader of several music ensembles, Iyer has performed…

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    Mike Ladd

    Boston-born Michael C. Ladd received his BA in Black expatriates in the Nineteenth century from Hampshire College and an MA in poetry from Boston Univer…

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  • Events

    Oct 07 – Oct 07, 2018
    Liz Glynn Presents "The Archaeology of Another Possible Future"



    May 23 – Jun 10, 2018
    Sharon Bridgforth's CC Project at Pillsbury House and Theater in Minneapolis



    Nov 17 – Apr 15, 2018
    Ben Thorp Brown Presents "Gropius Memory Palace"



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  • Project News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)



    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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