Vijay Iyer

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Vijay Iyer Trio in performance at the 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Dubbed one of the “new stars of jazz” by U.S. News & World Report, and one of “today’s most important pianists” by The New Yorker, Vijay Iyer is a singular talent — a forceful, rhythmically invigorating performer who weds a cutting-edge sensibility to a unique sense for compositional balance. In a Village Voice feature on Iyer, Gary Giddins wrote, “He has aligned himself with the percussive school of jazz piano… but he doesn’t sound like any of them. His sound is his own, and you would recognize it in a blindfold test.” An exceptional, forward-thinking composer, Iyer draws from African, Asian, and European musical lineages to create fresh, original music in the American creative tradition. His music strikes you as both emotionally expressive and structurally sophisticated, with exuberant improvisations anchored in cyclical rhythmic structures and ringing harmonies. He recently received the 2003 Alpert Award in the Arts, a prestigious year-long fellowship to support his innovative, compelling work.

The son of Indian immigrants, Iyer was born and raised in upstate New York, where he started violin lessons at the age of three. Soon he was drawn to his sister’s piano, where he began picking out melodies at age six. Entirely self-taught as a pianist and composer, he was lured into jazz in his teens, performing original music with his own groups throughout college. His choice of a professional musical career came rather late, after earning a Masters in physics at age 22. Then, as his musical accomplishments multiplied, he still managed to earn an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in music and cognitive science at U.C. Berkeley in 1998. He then made a beeline for New York City, where he currently resides.

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03/18/14    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

Concert Review: Vijay Iyer Trio with Special Guest Robert Pinsky/PoemJazz

12/21/13    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

09/25/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Vijay Iyer Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

09/22/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Vijay Iyer to Premiere “Open City,” Featuring 20-Piece Band

07/08/13    Concerts    By Jim Harrington

Concert Review: Vijay Iyer Duo with Craig Taborn at Montreal Jazz Festival

07/05/13    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Americans Shine on the 4th of July in Montreal: Day 7 at the 34th Montreal Jazz Festival

09/11/12    Features    By Josef Woodard

Five Years Beyond: Musicians Reflect on 9/11

04/19/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards $5.775 Million to 21 Artists

01/31/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Vijay Iyer Awarded Prestigious Greenfield Prize

01/05/12    News    By JazzTimes

Reminder: APAP|NYC and JazzTimes collaborate on DIY Crash Course Today!

01/03/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

NYC Winter Jazzfest Announces Updated Schedule

12/14/11    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

Miguel Zenón/Vijay Iyer @ Berklee, 12/9/11

11/21/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Vijay Iyer Appointed Director of Banff Centre’s Jazz Program

11/13/11    Photos    By Victor Puig

Barcelona Jazz Festival 2011

11/09/11    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Skopje Jazz Festival, October 20-24, 2011

11/08/11    Before & After    By Bill Milkowski

Tyshawn Sorey Takes the Before & After Challenge

10/09/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival Set for October 16-December 1

09/30/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

2012 Portland Jazz Festival Headliners Announced

09/05/11    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Detroit Jazz Festival, Day Three: Music & Fireworks

08/11/11    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2011

03/10/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Fieldwork in Residence at Ars Nova Workshop

October 2010    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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October 2010    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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09/06/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Celebrating Ornette Coleman

08/04/10    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Review of Heineken Jazzaldia Festival De Jazz

06/29/10    Concerts    By Jonathan Goldman

Vijay Iyer at Montreal International Jazz Festival

01/08/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Conference of Performing Arts Presenters to Include Expanded Jazz Track

January/February 2010    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

Critics Picks: Top 50 New Albums and Top 10 Historical Releases

January/February 2010    Solo    By Vijay Iyer

Thelonious Monk: Ode To A Sphere

October 2009    Albums    By David Whiteis

Historicity
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October 2009    Albums    By David Whiteis

Historicity
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June 2008    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Tragicomic
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05/15/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Miles From India

June 2007    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Still Life With Commentator
Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

June 2007    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Still Life With Commentator
Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

12/09/06    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: Still Life With Commentator

December 2006    Features    By Christopher Porter

Space is the Place: Jazz Artists Tap into the Power of MySpace

September 2006    Albums    By David R. Adler

Raw Materials
Vijay Iyer & Rudresh Mahanthappa

September 2006    Albums    By David R. Adler

Raw Materials
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01/24/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2006

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12/05/05    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

June 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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June 2005    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

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June 2005    Features    By Nate Chinen

Vijay Iyer: Othering

01/11/05    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2005

January/February 2004    Features    By

Highs and Lows 2003

November 2003    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Blood Sutra
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09/09/03    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Guelph Jazz Festival 2003

September 2003    Features    By Bill Shoemaker

East Meets Left: Politics, Culture and Asian-American Jazz

05/13/03    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd: In What Language?

January/February 2003    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

I Remember Chirpy

10/29/02    Concerts    By Bill Shoemaker

San Francisco Jazz Festival 2002

January/February 2002    Hearsay    By Bill Bennett

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