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

Read "The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet" reviewed by Russell Perry


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 ...

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Album Review

Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: InWhatStrumentals

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In 2003 Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd released In What Language?, a hybrid jazz/hip hop response to post-9/11 American paranoia. Inspired by many related injustices, the inflection point was the extended detention, handcuffing and humiliation of a prominent Iranian filmmaker passing through JFK International Airport. Seventeen years later America was mired in multiple unprecedented crises, giving cause to repurpose that album. Iyer and Ladd had the instrumental masters from 2003, and release them here as InWhatStrumentals: Music from In What ...

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Live Review

Vijay Iyer at Sonic Laboratory

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Vijay Iyer Sonic Laboratory, Sonic Arts Research Centre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 13-14, 2020 Queen's University's world-renowned Sonic Laboratory, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast, got the new decade off to fine start, with two evenings in the company of Vijay Iyer. The first evening was a solo piano performance; the second, a presentation-cum-Q&A session. Iyer's concert came almost a year after the solo piano gig in SARC by Craig ...

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Live Review

Vijay Iyer Sextet at the Jazz Standard

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Vijay Iyer Sextet Jazz Standard New York, NY January 22, 2019 Vijay Iyer's sextet astounded the audience in their highly anticipated, sold out show at the Jazz Standard. From the moment Iyer graced the stage, the audience erupted into an earth-shattering ovation that danced into his greeting and band introductions. The sextet features Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Nick Dunston on bass, Jeremy Dutton on drums, Steve Lehman on alto saxophone, and Graham Haynes on ...

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Vijay Iyer, Max Moran and more

Read "Vijay Iyer, Max Moran and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we begin with Vijay Iyer playing music from Far From Over, the powerful release he has recorded with his Sextet and profiling their show in Kansas City at The Gem Theater headlining a stellar night of jazz that was kicked off by a performance with Hermon Mehari and Logan Richardson. We also focus on Pittsburgh's jazz cat DK Anderson and a look into a chance meeting he had with the great Stanley Turrentine. We also ...

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Live Review

Funchal Jazz Festival 2018

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Funchal Jazz Festival 2018 Santa Catarina Park Madeira, Portugal July 12-14, 2018 A stunning tableau greets visitors to the Funchal Jazz Festival entering by the main gate, at the top of Santa Catarina Park. The first thing that catches the eye are the spectacular trees that define the park's boundaries. African, Asian, South American and Mediterranean trees, with names as exotic as their forms, are bathed in purple and green light. The park's well-kept ...

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Live Review

Vijay Iyer Sextet at The Village Vanguard

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Vijay Iyer Sextet Village Vanguard New York, NY May 17, 2018 I'll recreate this blistering first set the best I can. The sextet nudged their way through the Vanguard's current crowd and its deep history. The applause built. Vijay Iyer took his place at the piano, turned to the crowd, spilled water on some mic and electric cables and hoped it doesn't cause a problem. He introduced his band, obviously straining-at-the-bit: Graham Haynes trumpet, ...


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