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).
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.
Pi Recordings has released Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, the latest album to emerge from the ongoing collaboration of Grammy-nominated pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and poet/performer/librettist/