The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet

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The last decade was one of immense consequence and productivity for pianist/composer Vijay Iyer. In 2012 alone, in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll he was voted Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Small Group of the Year (the Vijay Iyer Trio), Album of the Year (Accelerando), and Rising Star Composer of the Year. Then in 2013, he received the McArthur Fellowship, often called the McArthur Genius Grant. He started the decade recording for Munich based ACT Music and in mid-decade moved across town to ECM. His releases uniformly received critical acclaim as he recorded with a South-Asian trio, then several times with a conventional piano trio, with side trips to solo recordings, string quartets, sublime duos and a surprising three-horn sextet.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Vijay Iyer with Prasanna, Nitin Mitta "Remembrance" from Tirtha (ACT) 2:44
  • Vijay Iyer Trio "Somewhere" from Historicity (ACT) 8:48
  • Host speaks 15:45
  • Vijay Iyer Trio "The Village of the Virgins" from Accelerando (ACT) 18:05
  • Vijay Iyer Trio "Break Stuff" from Break Stuff (ECM) 23:15
  • Host speaks 28:35
  • Vijay Iyer solo "When We're Gone" from Mutations (ECM) 29:52
  • Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith duo "Passage" from A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (ECM) 33:08
  • Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn duo "Sensorium" from The Transitory Poems (ECM) 39:05
  • Host speaks 43:17
  • Vijay Iyer Sextet "Far from Over" from Far from Over (ECM) 45:05
  • Vijay Iyer Sextet "Nope" from Far from Over (ECM) 51:16
  • Host Outro 56:51

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