(Published: January 27, 2011)
Vijay Iyer Trio
February 9, 2011
Live in studio performance on KPLU 88.5 Tuesday, Feb. 8th at 12:10pm.
Live in studio interview on KBCS 91.3 Wednesday, Feb. 9th at 10:00am, tune in!
Make a reservation for this show.
Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents pianist and "2010 Musician of the Year" Vijay Iyer for one night, touring in support of his latest release Solo. Band members joining Mr. Iyer are Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephan Crump (bass). Set time Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 6:00 pm.
Vijay Iyer is a self-taught creative musician grounded in American jazz and popular forms, and drawing from a wide range of Western and non-Western traditions. He was described by The Village Voice as "the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years," by The New Yorker as one of "today's most important and extravagantly gifted pianists," and by the L.A. Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star."
Most recently, in the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Iyer was named the 2010 Musician of the Year, an honor previously given to Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Dave Holland.
The breadth and depth of Iyer's recorded output defy any simple description. His music has covered so much ground at such a high level of acclaim that it is easy to forget that it all belongs to the same person.
As significant as his recordings have been in the jazz world, Iyer's eclectic accomplishments extend well beyond them. Across this diverse output, Iyer's artistic vision remains unmistakable. His powerful, cutting-edge music is firmly grounded in groove and pulse, but also rhythmically intricate and highly interactive; fluidly improvisational, yet uncannily orchestrated; emotionally compelling, as well as innovative in texture, style, and musical form. Its many points of reference include jazz piano titans such as Monk, Ellington, Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Andrew Hill, and Randy Weston; the classical sonorities of composers such as Reich, Ligeti, Debussy, and Bartok; the low-end sonics of rock, soul, funk, hip-hop, dub, and electronica; the intricate polyphonies of African drumming; and the vital, hypnotic music of Iyer's Indian heritage.
Vijay has just been added to the jazz faculty at NYU, the distinguished roster of Steinway artists and is the first Indian-American to be nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album (category #47).
Vijay Iyer Interview
More Information: http://www.jazzalley.com