Vijay Iyer : piano

Dubbed one of the “new stars of jazz” by U.S. News and World Report, and one of “today’s most impor­tant pianists” by The New York­er. Vijay Iyer is a NYC based pianist and com­pos­er.
The son of Indi­an immi­grants, Vijay draws from African, Asian, and Euro­pean musi­cal lin­eages to cre­ate what The New York Times has called “brac­ing­ly expres­sion­ist jazz… full of pul­sat­ing blues.”
He has released three crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed com­pact discs as a band­leader. The most recent, Panop­tic Modes (Red Giant Records) received a four-star rat­ing in The Los Ange­les Times and the French mag­a­zine, Jazzman. It was list­ed among the best jazz albums of 2001 by The New York­er and The Vil­lage Voice. Jazz­iz hailed it as “an artis­tic tri­umph… one of the most excit­ing albums in recent years.”
Iyer’s col­lab­o­ra­tive trio with Aaron Stew­art and Elliot Kavee, known col­lec­tive­ly as Field­work, recent­ly released its debut disc, Your Life Flash­es (Pi Record­ings), not­ed for its “vibrant play­ing and won­drous ideas” (The Boston Globe) and its “explo­ration of rhythm in an inti­mate and intense­ly pur­pose­ful dia­logue” (Bill­board). Iyer per­forms fre­quent­ly in the New York area and tours inter­na­tion­al­ly with the Vijay Iyer Quar­tet, Field­work, and Raw Mate­ri­als; his duo project with sax­o­phon­ist Rudresh Mahan­thap­pa.
Iyer’s forth­com­ing evening-length project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with poet Mike Ladd will pre­miere at the New York Asia Soci­ety May 8–11, 2003.
As a side­man, he is cur­rent­ly a mem­ber of avant-garde pio­neer Roscoe Mitchell’s nine-piece Note­Fac­to­ry, leg­endary poet Amiri Baraka’s Blue Ark, as well as Burnt Sug­ar. He has also col­lab­o­rat­ed exten­sive­ly with the renowned sax­o­phon­ist and com­pos­er Steve Cole­man on numer­ous world tours and on four of Coleman’s BMG record­ings.
For his own projects, Iyer has received grants from the Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion, New York State Coun­cil on the Arts, Arts Inter­na­tion­al, Cre­ative Cap­i­tal, and the Mary Fla­gler Cary Char­i­ta­ble Trust. He also lec­tures and pub­lish­es on var­i­ous top­ics, includ­ing impro­vi­sa­tion, cog­ni­tive sci­ence, and jazz stud­ies.