We are pleased to announce that Vijay has signed an exclusive worldwide concert music publishing agreement with Schott Music, one of the leading music and media publishers in the world. At Schott Music, Vijay joins a roster including Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, György Ligeti, Krzysztof Penderecki, and many other visionary composers of the past and present.
Norman Ryan, Schott Music’s Vice President for Composers and Repertoire, comments, “Vijay Iyer is a polymath in the truest sense of the word. He is a leader across a wide range of disciplines, but his extraordinary talent as a pianist and composer has caught the world’s attention and led to an impressive array of creative collaborations with filmmakers, choreographers, orchestras, chamber and new music ensembles. We’re thrilled to begin a collaboration with Vijay Iyer and the entire Schott Music team worldwide looks forward to supporting and expanding awareness of his unique voice and talent.”
Also on the concert music front, Vijay will return to BAM’s Next Wave Festival in December with a program titled “Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation,” featuring the world premiere of a solo piece for piano, commissioned by BAM; his recent suite Mutations I-X for piano, electronics and string quartet; and his shimmering score to Prashant Bhargava’s film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, screened with accompaniment by Iyer and the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Mutations, Vijay’s first release for the storied ECM imprint, is available now worldwide. In the wake of the release, Vijay was the subject of an in-depth profile in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times, as well as the Times’ Popcast. The album has also been praised by The Wall Street Journal (“his most sophisticated blends to date of electronic and acoustic sounds”) and by The Chicago Tribune (“Exceptional…Iyer has constructed gripping sonic portraits that are at once provocative and accessible, intellectually substantive and sensuously attractive).
Order Mutations now directly from the artist, or via iTunes and Amazon.
Mutations is Vijay Iyer’s first album as a leader for the ECM label, and a recording that will widen perceptions of the pianist-composer’s work. At its center is “Mutations I-X”, a composition scored for piano, electronics, and a string quartet, featuring Miranda Cuckson and Michi Wiancko (violin), Kyle Armbrust (viola), and Kivie Cahn-Lipman (cello). A major piece built out of cells and fragments, it veers through many atmospheres, from moment to moment propulsive, enveloping, lyrical, luminescent, and strangely beautiful. Through thematic interactivity, the interweaving of acoustic and electronic sound-textures, and some decisive improvisational interventions in notated music, Vijay Iyer has created a multi-faceted suite whose very subject is change. Iyer gives a positive value to the concept of ‘mutation’ in this music, and variously appears in it as an interpreter of notated elements, as an improviser, and as “a sort of laptop artist, mixing in noise and different sounds,” encouraging the transformative processes: The suite is framed by three solo statements: “Spellbound and Sacrosanct, Cowrie Shells and the Shimmering Sea,” a solo piano reading of one of Iyer’s early compositions, and “Vuln, Part 2″ and “When We’re Gone,” pieces created in summer 2013. The newer compositions put the piano in counterpoint with electronically generated rhythms and textures which extend the aura of the suite, making the arc of the whole album a journey over changing terrain.
Mutations, Vijay’s first album for the storied ECM label, will be released on February 28th in Europe and March 4th in the United States. The new album will be the first document of Vijay’s works for chamber ensembles, featuring works for piano, string quartet and electronics. Watch the video below, head over to ECM for samples and more info, and pre-order the album directly from us or via Amazon or iTunes. And, if you’ll be in or near Munich, you can hear this music live at the Haus der Kunst on March 29th.
Vijay was named among the 2013 MacArthur Fellows, joining a roster of 24 “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.” Watch a video profile on Vijay from the MacArthur Foundation, and read a thoughtful retrospective by Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune.
In addition to the MacArthur fellowship, Vijay will become the first Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in Harvard University’s Department of Music in January 2014. Read more here.