Pre-performance talk with Vijay Iyer
Monday 25 February 2013
An American of Indian descent, Vijay Iyer is one of the most charismatic of the new generation of jazz musicians. His sound brings together the classic jazz tradition with his Asian heritage, modern idioms including rock, funk, soul, dub, electronica and hip hop, African polyrhythm and the 20th-century musicalities of Bartók, Messiaen, Ligeti, Reich…
Vijay Iyer was the jazz personality of 2011, when Downbeat polled 186 international music critics and honoured him in no fewer than five separate categories. He won awards for Jazz Artist of the Year as well as top Pianist, Rising Star Composer, top Jazz Group (with his trio) and top Jazz Album (for his trio’s 2012 release, Accelerando). Needless to say, this majestic result was unprecedented in the 60-year history of the institution!
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