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Vijay Iyer and ECM Records Announce Collaboration

“Mutations” to be released in March; other projects to follow

Craig Taborn and Vijay Iyer at the Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013

Vijay Iyer has recorded his first album for ECM Records at New York’s Avatar Studio, with Manfred Eicher producing, the label has announced. The first collaboration, titled Mutations, is scheduled for release March 4. The recording, according to a press release, “features solo piano pieces and ‘Mutations I-X,’ a suite in 10 movements for string quartet, piano and laptop, with Miranda Cuckson and Michi Wiancko, violins, Kyle Armbrust, viola, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello and with composer Iyer playing the piano and contributing electronics and sound-processing.”

Iyer, the release notes, previously appeared on ECM with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory on Far Side, recorded in 2007, on which he plays alongside fellow pianist Craig Taborn. ECM says that an Iyer/Taborn duo project is among future plans, and that ECM will also record the Vijay Iyer Trio, as well as Iyer’s compositions for large and small instrumental forces.

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