11/21/11

Vijay Iyer Appointed Director of Banff Centre’s Jazz Program

Pianist and composer will take over in 2013

Pianist, composer and bandleader Vijay Iyer has been appointed director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Iyer will be at the 2012 Workshop (May 21-June 9), and will officially take over the role in 2013.

Iyer’s 2009 Grammy-nominated album Historicity was named top jazz album of the year by the Village Voice, National Public Radio and the New York Times, among many others. In 2010 he was named Jazz Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, and this year he released Tirtha, a collaboration with guitarist and composer Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta.

Jazz programming at the Banff Centre has provided an important training ground for improvising jazz musicians and composers. It began in 1974, when jazz legends Oscar Peterson and Phil Nimmons came to Banff to put their ideas on jazz education into practice. For a few weeks each summer, the International Workshop has brought leading performers and composers together with younger emerging artists in an intense program of master classes, ensemble playing, discussion, and experimentation (past mentors have included Chucho Valdes, the Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and Bill Frisell). Musicians in the International Workshop also perform regularly as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival.

For more information, visit Banff Centre Programs.

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