About the event
Jazz composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. A musical innovator, an active collaborator, and a member of multiple artistic communities, Iyer continues to reimagine the role of the musician in the 21st century.
Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. He has been described by The Guardian as “one of the world’s most inventive new-generation jazz pianists” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” A musical innovator, an active collaborator, and a member of multiple artistic communities, Iyer continues to reimagine the role of the musician in the 21st century.
Iyer was voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times between 2012 and 2018 and Artist of the Year in the 2017 Jazz Times polls from both critics and readers. He was named a 2017 United States Artists Fellow, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. Iyer holds a lifetime appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University, with a joint affiliation with the Department of Music and the Department of African and African American Studies.
He has released 23 albums covering remarkably diverse terrain, including 2019’s The Transitory Poems, a live two-piano improvisation with Iyer’s longtime colleague Craig Taborn. Prior to that, Iyer’s sextet album Far From Over (2017) was ranked #1 in National Public Radio’s annual Jazz Critics’ Poll, surveying 157 critics, and was the only jazz release in Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 best records of 2017. Iyer’s Sextet was voted 2018 Jazz Group of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. He is a Steinway artist and uses Ableton Live software.
“There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.” — The New York Times
“[One of] today’s most important pianists . . . extravagantly gifted . . . brilliantly eclectic.”
— The New Yorker
“One of the best in the world at what he does” — Pitchfork