We’re excited to announce that for the second year running, DownBeat Critic’s Poll has named Vijay Iyer Artist of the Year! This is the third time that Vijay has been given the magazine’s top award, and he’s won numerous other awards from DownBeat, year after year.
Vijay has been announced as Music Director for 2017 Ojai Music Festival. Iyer will serve as Music Director from June 8-11, 2017, shaping the programming alongside Artistic Director Thomas W Morris. The festival, which includes concerts, symposia, film screenings, and gatherings, presents programs featuring newly written music, refreshing juxtapositions of musical styles, and innovative artists. Check out Ojai Festival’s announcement here and read more about the festival here.
Vijay will also be the Artist In Residence at SF Jazz for 2017 and 2018, with a week of performances In February 2017 featuring Wadada Leo Smith, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Teju Cole, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tirtha, The Vijay Iyer Trio with special guests, and more. Buy tickets for Vijay’s 2017 residency on sale now.
Alongside these performances, Vijay will be the Resident Artist at Wigmore Hall in London, performing three shows over the course of 2017. Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith will perform at Wigmore in January to kick off their European tour as a duo. Vijay will return to Wigmore in July with the Vijay Iyer Trio, and an additional performance will take place in October. Find out more information here.
Vijay Iyer will be returning as Director of the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in AB, Canada. Iyer has held the position of Director since he was appointed in 2012 and will continue to bring his impact to the renowned intensive. The program focuses on improvisation, composition, history, theory, and critique; read more about the program here.
Hailed by Pitchfork as “a collaboration that adds to creative legacies from two different generations” in which “improvisation and composition operate simultaneously,” A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Strokefeatures Vijay and his “hero, friend and teacher”, Wadada Leo Smith, together on ECM, produced by Manfred Eicher. The record comes on the heels of a particularly inspiring collaboration at New York’s The Stone early in 2015 that underlined the affinity of their sounds and concepts and made the documentation of the duo a priority.
The centerpiece of the album is the spellbinding seven-part title suite, dedicated to Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990). Though the musical form of the suite was largely shaped in the moment in the studio, the recording was preceded by studying and discussing Mohamedi’s work and reading her journals.
We’re thrilled to announce that the 2015 DownBeat Critic’s Poll has named Vijay Iyer as Artist of the Year as well as naming Vijay Iyer Trio as Group of the Year! This astounding double-victory comes in the wake of the Trio’s new albumBreak Stuffand Vijay’s various collaborative projects, including preparations for Vijay’s upcoming Artist Residency at the Met.