Vijay Iyer

YSU’s Pipino Performing Arts Series cancels Vijay Iyer Trio concert

Canceled: Vijay Iyer Trio. Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center, YSU, One University Plaza at Elm Street, Youngstown 44555. 330-941-3105. This new jazz piano trio was scheduled to perform Friday, Nov. 4 as part of YSU’s Pipino Performing Arts Series. The Vijay Iyer Trio performed key sets at Newport Jazz and Detroit Jazz Festivals over the summer. Iyer has been named “Pianist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. His 2021 release of “Uneasy” was one of the best-reviewed albums of last year: Pitchfork (Best New Music), the New Yorker, NPR Music, and Jazz Times. In addition to playing music from “Uneasy,” Iyer – a MacArthur fellow and Harvard professor – will be performing new music as well. Iyer was recently featured in Pitchfork’s recurring Music That Made Me series and premiered a newly commissioned work entitled “Ghosts Everywhere I Go” last April at Chicago’s Logan Center For The Arts. Iyer just returned to Harvard for a new semester, where he’s been a professor since 2014. He is currently instructing a Ph.D. program that he founded called Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry.
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Jazz Innovator Vijay Iyer on the Music That Made Him

“Part of what this list narrates for me is how I became a music-maker in particular,” says Vijay Iyer, talking about the key influences he came up with for this interview. “Not just as a player, but as somebody who wanted to work from the inside.”. The notion...
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Swing Time: Vijay Iyer

Prolific is just one of many adjectives that seem to attach themselves to Vijay Iyer’s name—along with visionary and virtuosic—nearly every time a writer profiles the pianist and composer. It’s been more than a year since the release of Iyer’s most recent album, Uneasy (ECM Records)—recorded with bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey—and, in that time, Iyer has committed to several new projects, including a concerto with Israeli cellist Inbal Segev and a collaborative work with Pakistani vocalist Arooj Aftab titled Love in Exile. Iyer has continued to maintain a busy performance schedule, with a run at New York’s Village Vanguard and a European tour already behind him this year.
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Official Trailer Reveal: “Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music” featuring Talib Kweli, Indigo Girls and composer/pianist Vijay Iyer

May 18, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The official trailer for Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is out now, featuring Talib Kweli, Indigo Girls and composer/pianist Vijay Iyer. The film has been selected as the closing night film at the Richmond International Film Festival June 12, with additional festivals to be announced.

Vijay Iyer builds a superpowered septet in tribute to Eve Ewing’s Ghosts in the Schoolyard

The creative and intellectual spheres of Eve Ewing and Vijay Iyer are so expansive they’re pretty much impossible to abbreviate. So the news that Iyer is in town for the pandemic-deferred premiere of his musical suite inspired by Ewing’s writing, Ghosts Everywhere I Go, should inspire eager anticipation and knowing nods. Ewing and Iyer are both renowned artists and academics: Ewing is a poet and writer who teaches sociology at the University of Chicago, and Iyer is a scientist turned composer and pianist who teaches at Harvard, where he founded a doctoral program in the music department called Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry. Iyer’s restless, lyrical musical idiom is both concrete and visionary, like a skyline whose beautiful geometries are filled in with bright colors. It’s a snug fit with Ewing’s work, including her poetry collections, 2017’s Electric Arches and 2019’s 1919, and the Marvel comic series for which she writes, Ironheart; her fantastical urban imaginings face toward the future but sit upon history’s high perch. Iyer’s new suite dips into that material, but as its title implies, it’s inspired primarily by Ewing’s Ghosts in the Schoolyard, a 2018 nonfiction study of the catastrophic closure of 49 Chicago public schools under the mayoral administration of Rahm Emanuel. He especially zeroes in on her mentions of violinist and educator Captain Walter Dyett, who built up a south-side musical dynasty while teaching band and orchestra at Wendell Phillips Academy and DuSable High School. For this performance of Ghosts Everywhere I Go, Iyer will lead a juggernaut septet: flutist Nicole Mitchell, guitarist Jeff Parker, vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Nick Dunston, drummer Jeremy Dutton, and vocalists Eden Girma and Julian Otis.
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Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn are Masters of Abstract Improvisation

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn at the Phillips Collection. Vijay Iyer is a structuralist, a percussive jazz pianist whose spiraling, often high-speed abstractions belie the impeccable touch and sumptuous Antoni Gaudí-like forms at their core. Craig Taborn has an airier, more amorphous approach to the piano. His lighter, slower, and more spacious sound can make his constructions—which are just as substantial as Iyer’s—feel like they were formed through coincidence. Both are experimental players, but their differences on the instrument are stark. When they come together, however—as they’ve grown a habit of doing since their 2019 release duo recording The Transitory Poems—their chemistry makes the whole proposition work. Whether by instinct or practice, the two understand how to work both with and around each other. Iyer’s thumping (if complex) rhythms serve as a grounding force for Taborn’s ethereal shapes, while Taborn’s dreamy surrealism softens some of Iyer’s sharper edges. Thus enmeshed, they dig in together, coalescing into dark, angular phantasms that tickle the emotional receptors—in the arcane sense that the best abstract art does. You know you’re feeling something; it’s powerful and sometimes overwhelming; but before you can puzzle out exactly what buttons they’re pressing, the artists have moved on to press other ones. “Moving on” is a key consideration here. Iyer and Taborn don’t revisit tracks from The Transitory Poems when they play live. As the title suggests, those were improvisations, and so are the pieces they place before an audience. You’re meant to experience them in the moment: If something stays with you, so much the better, but Iyer and Taborn can’t wait around while you interrogate their music. That’s what keeps you coming back for more. Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn perform at 4 p.m. on April 3 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. In-person tickets sold out; virtual tickets $15. Masks required.

Vijay Iyer

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Oregon Symphony is proud to be collaborating with composer Vijay Iyer. Adventurous programming. Inspiring collaborations. Bridging art forms. Connecting lives. Sparking conversation. Every day, and with each exhilarating performance, the Oregon Symphony is moving music forward. Described by The New York Times as a...

A Guide to Jazz Pianist Vijay Iyer

Few jazz artists have cast their net as widely as pianist Vijay Iyer in terms of song selection. Across his discography, Iyer has taken on his jazz heroes in Thelonious Monk and Steve Coleman to pop/R&B royalty in Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to modern glitch and hip-hop in Flying Lotus and M.I.A., often on the same album. To listen to a Vijay Iyer record is to hear the musical curiosity and omnivorous appetite with which he explores with different configurations, ranging from solo outings all the way to sextets.

A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday by Wadada Leo Smith, Jack DeJohnette & Vijay Iyer (TUM)

Free jazz and serenity aren’t often be considered complementary propositions. A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday offers an exception to that notion as three improvisatory masters join forces for the first time. For trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, this isn’t his first turn at mining inspiration from Lady Day, but continues his streak of channeling something of her mournful strength through his instrument.

Vijay Iyer talks about seeking out the music all around us at Eastman Centennial

The language of classical music can get a little wonky for the average, lunch-pail citizen. A New York Times review of a 1977 concert featuring the violinist Oliver Steiner suggested that his renditions of Bach and Mozart “had architectural strength derived from cogent phrasing and dynamics adjusted at all times to highlight structural organization.”

Vijay Iyer shares lessons in stillness for our turbulent time

With a world always seemingly on the brink, Vijay Iyer offers a soothing reflection. His “Uneasy” Trio, with Linda May Han Oh on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums, is making new strides as a unit at The Village Vanguard this week. The group won Best Acoustic Small...

Vijay Iyer Trio Brings Uneasy - A 2021 Best Album (Pitchfork, NPR, Boston Globe & More) - To Village Vanguard For 6-Night Run January 25-30

On the heels of his widely celebrated Vijay Iyer Trio album Uneasy and Best Albums of 2021 list selections from Pitchfork, NPR, Boston Globe and others, Vijay Iyer will be performing a 6-night run at the Village Vanguard January 25-30 with the Uneasy trio: Iyer on piano with Linda May Han Oh on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. This will be just the second time that the trio has performed in NYC since January 2020. They just wrapped a successful run of Europe in November and Iyer has been performing in NYC this month including at the Armory last weekend with longtime collaborator Arooj Aftab and at the Jazz Gallery this Friday and Saturday. See below for his current 2022 live schedule which includes additional trio dates in the U.S. and Europe.

Playing This Weekend: Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Raye Zaragoza, November Get Lit Highlights with Rebecca Hall, George B. Hutchinson, and Dev Hynes

For our first hour we re-air conversations with musicians who you can catch performing this weekend in NYC. [REBROADCAST FROM May 4, 2021] On the album, Vulture Prince, Brooklyn-based musician Arooj Aftab sets poetry to stirring orchestrations that fuse jazz, Pakistani folk, classical, and other musical genres. Aftab joins us for a Listening Party.

Strictly Jazz Sounds Interviews Vijay Iyer

This Thursday’s edition of Strictly Jazz Sounds features a live interview with world renowned pianist, composer, and Harvard educator Vijay Iyer who performs at the Wisconsin Union Play Circle on Friday, December 3. SJS cohosts Steve Braunginn and Jane Reynolds will chat with Iyer about his critically acclaimed recording “Uneasy,” his social activism through music and the power of his compositions.

Vijay Iyer

Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most respected musicians of his generation, as borne out by the accolades he’s received to date, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, and a lifetime appointment as a Professor of the Arts at Harvard University. His work is far from coldly academic, however: soulful, delicate, nuanced, and mesmerizing, it reflects a complex but highly focused mind dedicated with singular purpose to his craft.

Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey (EFG LJF 2021)

(Queen Elizabeth Hall. 14 November 2021. EFG London Jazz Festival . Review by Alison Bentley) “Do you feel good?” US pianist Vijay Iyer asked the audience with wry humour. “We’re going to change that!“ Compere Kevin Legendre had told us how Iyer’s music “…called out oppression, inequality and unconscionable government practices.” Would it make us feel understandably UnEasy, the title of the trio’s new ECM album? With no interval and few introductions by Iyer, the experience was utterly involving and intense.

Vijay Iyer, Nina Simone, Jamie Cullum & More: The Week in Jazz

The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It’s a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top. Noteworthy. Verve Test Pressings Sale Happening Now: Extremely limited quantities of select test pressings, including from...

Tour News: Conan O’Brien, Vijay Iyer, Mind Maintenance, Caveman, more

Here's a roundup of recent tour news. Check the Tour Dates category for more. Composer, pianist and producer Vijay Iyer will be playing a couple NYC shows with his Trio this fall, hitting Le Poisson Rouge on September 26 with early and late shows. Vijay will also be heading to the UK and Europe for the Barcelona Jazz Festival, plus dates in London, the Netherland and Antwerp. Head here for all dates and listen to the Vijay Iyer Trio's new album, Uneasy, below.

Vijay Iyer Trio Announces 1st NYC Shows Since Releasing 'Uneasy' (Le Poisson Rouge, Sept 26)

Vijay Iyer Trio has announced their first NYC shows since January of 2020, and the first NYC shows since the release of Uneasy (ECM) in April. The trio - Iyer on piano, Tyshawn Sorey on drums, and Linda May Han Oh on bass - will play two sets at Le Poisson Rouge on September 26. Tickets here to the early show and here to the late show