By overwhelming consensus, the VIJAY IYER TRIO has become one of the pivotal jazz bands of the twenty-first century. Described as “the best piano trio in jazz today” (Der Spiegel), “the great new jazz piano trio” (The New York Times), “truly astonishing” (NPR), and “the best band in jazz” (PopMatters), the trio makes “cutting-edge music, but always accessible” (The Guardian) – emotionally resonant and deeply interactive, radiating groove and brimming with polyrhythmic detail, rooted in tradition yet truly innovative in style and form. Uneasy (2021) Vijay’s trio record on ECM Records, was named one of the best albums of 2021 in Pitchfork, The New Yorker, JazzTimes, The Boston Globe, PopMatters, BrooklynVegan, and the annual jazz critics’ poll housed at The Arts Fuse. The band has played to sold-out venues and jazz festivals in Berlin, Mannheim, London, Rome, Istanbul, and Barcelona. London Jazz News spoke of an “extraordinary gig”, The Blue Moment called the group at “the peak of their art” and the German daily Mannheimer Morgen concurred, going as far as calling Vijay’s band “the new standard when it comes to piano trios”. Composer-pianist VIJAY IYER (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” A Grammy nominee, Vijay Iyer has been voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times – in 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2012. Iyer was also named DownBeat’s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Iyer studied violin from age 3 to 18 and was self-taught on piano. Living in the SF Bay Area in the 1990s, Iyer worked with composer-saxophonist Steve Coleman, trombonist-composer-theorist George Lewis, and author-performer-activist Amiri Baraka. Iyer moved to New York in 1998, and subsequently collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehman, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, poet Mike Ladd, novelist Teju Cole, writer/bandleader Greg Tate, filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, rapper Himanshu Suri, and many other artists across genres and disciplines.
Iyer is the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University, and the director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. He is a Steinway artist. Based in New York City, Linda May Han Oh is a bassist and composer who has performed and recorded with artists such as Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Wilson, Geri Allen, and Vijay Iyer. She has had five releases as a leader which have received critical acclaim. Her most recent release “Aventurine” is a double quartet album, featuring string quartet and vocal group Invenio. Jeremy Dutton has performed with Gerald Clayton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Sachal Vasandani, Taylor Eigsti, Camila Meza, Jacky Terrasson, Joel Ross, Linda Oh, Maria Grand, Keyon Harrold, Vijay Iyer, Philip Dizack, Matt Penman, Stefon Harris, Harish Raghavan, and Dayna Stephens. As a resident of New York City, Dutton’s dynamic talent has seen him featured by The New York Times and AT&T’s The Bridge.
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