Date(s) - 10/26/2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Location: Miner Auditorium
Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer’s longstanding trio has been his most acclaimed and elastic ensemble project for over a decade, called “the great new jazz trio” by The New York Times. winning a rare “quadruple crown” in DownBeat’s 2012 Critics Poll for Jazz Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Pianist of the Year and Album of the Year.
An artist possessed of a relentlessly searching intellect and awe-inspiring technique, Iyer is a musician who stretches the boundaries of jazz, but has long reached beyond jazz’s vocabulary, embracing and integrating influences from hip-hop, contemporary classical composition, and his own South Indian heritage. He was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Grant” in 2013 and the “quadruple crown” in DownBeat’s 2012 Critics Poll in the categories of Jazz Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Pianist of the Year and Album of the Year. Iyer has collaborated with the most creative figures in modern jazz, including Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Ambrose Akinmusire, and John Zorn, among others, and works in settings ranging from solo piano his recent Sextet project. He has recorded four acclaimed sessions with his telepathic trio with Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, including their 2015 ECM Records release, Break Stuff. For this performance, Iyer and Crump are joined by the gifted and dynamic Houston-raised percussionist Jeremy Dutton. If you wonder what the cutting edge of jazz is, wonder no more. The future is now.
There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
The three players practically have become a single rhythmic organism… one of the great rhythm units of the day.
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE