$40 | $35 | $25 The VIJAY IYER TRIO has become one of the pivotal jazz bands of the twenty-first century, being described as “the great new jazz piano trio” (The
$40 | $35 | $25
The VIJAY IYER TRIO has become one of the pivotal jazz bands of the twenty-first century, being described as “the great new jazz piano trio” (The New York Times), “truly astonishing” (NPR), and “the best band in jazz” (PopMatters). The trio makes “cutting-edge music, but always accessible” (The Guardian) – emotionally resonant and deeply interactive, radiating groove brimming with polyrhythmic detail, that is rooted in tradition yet truly innovative in style and form.
Composer-pianist VIJAY IYER (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” He has been voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year three times – in 2016, 2015 and 2012. Iyer was named Downbeat’s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Iyer studied violin from age 3 to 18 and was self-taught on piano. Living in the SF Bay Area in the 1990s, Iyer developed formative affiliations with composer-saxophonist Steve Coleman, trombonist-composer-theorist George Lewis, author-performer-activist Amiri Baraka, and the west coast Asian American creative music collective Asian Improv. He moved to New York in 1998, and subsequently collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehman, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Liberty Ellman, Rez Abbasi, Ambrose Akinmusire, Amina Claudine Myers, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Imani Uzuri, poet Mike Ladd, novelist Teju Cole, writer/bandleader Greg Tate, filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, rapper Himanshu Suri, and many other artists across genres and disciplines.
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