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Concerts

The Vijay Iyer Trio performs at Le Poisson Rouge for the NYC Winter Jazzfest on Saturday, Jan. 7.

January 12, 2012 Full of stutter steps and snare claps, the band turns new lenses on jazz's big-picture history.

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Miguel Zenon Quartet performs at Newport Jazz.

July 15, 2010 At Newport, the two diverse jazz groups take listeners through plena and Stevie Wonder.

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Dave Brubeck is the most-featured artist of all time at the Newport Jazz Festival.

August 11, 2009 Last weekend's festival packed in a dizzying array of talent, all performing in just 32 hours.

Viyay Iyer performs at Newport Jazz.

August 8, 2009 The self-taught pianist, polymath composer and bandleader with a penchant for spiky covers performs.

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Studio Sessions

Nitin Mitta, Vijay Iyer and Prasanna make up the new trio Tirtha.

April 1, 2011 The jazz pianist performs with carnatic guitarist Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta.

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The Vijay Iyer Trio recently performed a studio session at KPLU.

February 15, 2011 Hear the trio perform an arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" in a Jazz24 studio session.

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September 3, 2010 Iyer performs a sincere interpretation of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" on piano.

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Vijay Iyer performs at WBGO.

November 18, 2009 Vijay Iyer conducts a conversation between his trio and the original creators in a session at WBGO.

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Interviews & Profiles

For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project.

September 29, 2013 The jazz musician and newly minted MacArthur "Genius" discusses his recent work with war veterans.

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Vijay Iyer released his latest trio record, Accelerando, on March 13.

March 16, 2012 The jazz pianist imagines music as human movement in his new trio album Accelerando.

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October 14, 2010 The pianist and bandleader explains why he left the world of physics to pursue a career in music.

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Discover Songs

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July 20, 2010 On the new episode of All Songs Considered, hear Icelandic folk, piano jazz, epic rock and more.

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Ravi Coltrane

December 23, 2009 Jazz's future is bright: All but three musicians on Shaunna Morrison Machosky's Top 10 are under 40.

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December 6, 2009 In 2009, young talents such as Vijay Iyer were among many who transcended the standard.

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November 4, 2009 In "Mystic Brew," Iyer returns a soulful staple to its jazz roots while infusing it with modernity.

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October 6, 2009 In covering artists as diverse as Andrew Hill and M.I.A., Iyer's approach is uncommon and daring.

The Big Pink 4:3

August 24, 2009 The latest mix from All Songs Considered features Nellie McKay, the New Lost City Ramblers and more.

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News

Vijay Iyer and Jeremy Denk are 2013 MacArthur fellows.

September 25, 2013 The two pianists exemplify creative thinking and wide-ranging intellectual and artistic pursuits.

Reviews

Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer spent just two days recording his latest album, Solo.

October 26, 2010 Last year's breakout jazz star recorded his first solo album in only two days. Hear a review.

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July 20, 2010 On the new episode of All Songs Considered, hear Icelandic folk, piano jazz, epic rock and more.

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Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore, and Vijay Iyer

November 9, 2009 Vijay Iyer's trio is part of a shift in attitude toward contemporary pop music.

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November 4, 2009 In "Mystic Brew," Iyer returns a soulful staple to its jazz roots while infusing it with modernity.

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The Big Pink 4:3

August 24, 2009 The latest mix from All Songs Considered features Nellie McKay, the New Lost City Ramblers and more.

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More Stories

L-R: Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, Nittin Mitta.

March 27, 2011 Weekend All Things Considered talks to Betto Arcos about his favorite new jazz releases.

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December 31, 2008 The year's 10 best CDs feature brilliant musicians collaborating on a wide variety of recordings.

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Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava and jazz musician Vijay Iyer's project Radhe Radhe: a visually and sonically dazzling collaboration.

May 28, 2013 Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava transport Stravinsky's ideas to India.

Covers of albums on NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far) list.

June 25, 2012 Highlights from the first half of 2012 include albums from Jack White, Usher and Alabama Shakes.

The Vijay Iyer Trio. L-R: Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore, Iyer.

March 7, 2012 What we can learn when a composer has a predilection for playing other people's music?

Vijay Iyer Trio's new album, Accelerando, comes out March 13.

March 4, 2012 "This album is in the lineage of American creative music based on dance rhythms," Iyer writes.

Wadada Leo Smith

November 17, 2010 The pianist picks Smith recordings that "cut diagonally across the hubbub of the ensemble."

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Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project

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  • Album: Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
  • Artist: Vijay Iyer/Mike Ladd
  • Label: Pi
  • Released: 2013
 

Accelerando

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  • Album: Accelerando
  • Artist: Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Label: ACT Music + Vision
  • Released: 2012
 

Solo

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  • Album: Solo
  • Artist: Vijay Iyer
  • Label: Act Music & Vision
  • Released: 2010
 

Simulated Progress

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  • Album: Simulated Progress
  • Artist: Fieldwork
  • Label: Pi
  • Released: 2005
 

Historicity

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  • Album: Historicity
  • Artist: Vijay Iyer
  • Label: ACT Music
  • Released: 2009