Vijay Iyer was recently featured on PBS’ Tavis Smiley show. The two sat down for a discussion on improvisation and the importance of appreciating its history. Vijay speaks about Vijay Iyer Trio’s album Break Stuff and performs “Blood Count,” a selection from the album.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that Vijay Iyer will be their Artist-In-Residence for the 2015-2016 season. Vijay will occupy The Met Breuer’s Lobby Gallery for eighteen days, inaugurating its opening on March 10, 2016, with continuous performances highlighting his full body of work. Vijay will perform solo work, create sound installations for the space, collaborate with musicians, dancers, and poets, and curate performances by fellow artists.
Additionally, Vijay has been commissioned by the Met to create an entirely new work to accompany the Nasreen Mohamedi exhibition in The Met Breuer’s second-floor gallery.
Watch the video below, head over to The Met’s website to read more about Vijay’s upcoming residency, and be sure to check back for program details.
Vijay Iyer Trio’s latest album Break Stuff, hailed by The New York Times as the trio’s “best record,” is Vijay’s third release on the legendary ECM label. The trio has been touring around the United States throughout the spring, and will be playing shows in Europe in May and again in July.
The album features longtime trio members bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, a trio that Pop Matters says “continue to make the argument that we are in a golden age for daring jazz that is also accessible to any open ear, young, old, or otherwise.”
Break Stuff,which has been hailed by The Guardian as “A dizzying pinnacle of contemporary jazz” is a celebration of what happens between formal elements by prioritizing what Vijay calls “the stuff that happens in the breaks.” The New York Times states that the record “confirms [Vijay’s] stature in jazz’s contemporary vanguard, along with the dynamic excellence of his working trio.”
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.”