Tag: Vijay Iyer

  • Vijay Iyer and the Brentano String Quartet

    Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has won a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” regularly tops the jazz critics’ polls, and recently began teaching at Harvard. With a degree in physics from Yale and a doctorate in music cognition from Berkeley, Iyer attests to the often counterintuitive correlation between music and math. Contrary to sociobiologist Steven Pinker’s assertion […]

  • The Best Jazz Shows in New York City This Week 10/22/2012

    The leaves are falling, but jazz music will be sticking around a while longer. Here’s a list of shows happening in the city we think you’ll enjoy. Vijay Iyer Trio The pianist Vijay Iyer helms one of the best rhythm sections in jazz today. A smart bandleader with a good sense of the piano trio […]

  • ‘Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project’

    The first of a two-part collaboration involving jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd, and poet-Iraq veteran Maurice Decaul, Holding It Down uses dreams to explore the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan vets. Iyer employs an electroacoustic palette—his ensemble here includes Guillermo Brown (vocals), Liberty Ellman (guitar), and Kassa Overall (percussion)—to map surreal, banal, and […]

  • Hafez Modirzadeh

    A NoCal youth led the saxophonist to develop myriad interests, and the thrill of jazz led him to investigations of “Persian tones” and the music of his Iranian lineage. The new Post-Chromodal Out! eloquently braids these influences, with echoes of Ornette wafting through ramblings both raucous and refined. Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and pianist Vijay Iyer […]

  • ‘The Jazz Gallery’s Home Run Benefit Concert’

    Over the last two decades, this downtown space has made a name or itself as both one of the city’s key labs for improvisers and a cozy spot to watch the ideas of young bandleaders unfold. The rub: Re-zoning has forced them to find a new location, and raising rents has required them to acquire […]

  • Spring Guide 2012: Vijay Iyer Brings Accelerando to Birdland

    The phenomenon of popula–rity descended, without much warning, upon jazz pianist Vijay Iyer in 2009. After a decade of working in a series of well-respected bands and as a leader in his own right, the notoriously fickle Mainstream Gods decreed, in that year, to make the Indian-American musician an official Big Deal. Historicity, a record […]

  • Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

    Expect oversize sounds and ambitions when Darcy James Argue’s awesome 18-piece big band meets the 13-piece Anti-Social ensemble. Secret Society will play works by Vijay Iyer and David T. Little, the raging retrofuturists’ first commissioned pieces, along with music from their recent BAM commission Brooklyn Babylon. Openers Anti-Social, meanwhile, look all the way back to […]

  • Pete Robbins

    The alto saxophonist addresses melodies in two ways: He either flits around them or digs into them. His latest live disc finds him making hay with both approaches, a tack he’ll likely try tonight as he introduces a new group featuring Vijay Iyer. Be on the lookout for a highly charged bottom—this rhythm section is […]

  • Dave Douglas

    Myriad interests have always defined this intrepid trumpeter, and his four-night stand at the Jazz Standard spotlights a different band each evening. A roiling sax and piano quintet, his famed brass outfit, and a new group with Ravi Coltrane and Vijay Iyer beckon. But it’s the brass and percussion group that’s most intriguing: Featuring everything […]

  • Rez Abbasi

    The tunes on the new Suno Suno have a labyrinth vibe, continuously amending their architectural stance and providing new paths for the listener to examine. Some are a tad mathy, a trend in jazz these days, but supple maneuvers of the front line (which, like tonight’s gig, includes saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and pianist Vijay Iyer) […]