Tuesday, February 11, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Vijay Iyer Trio

Artist:Vijay Iyer Trio
Song:Actions Speak

Pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the busiest guys in the New York jazz scene. And now he has taken a job at Harvard as music professor. So he's about to get busier. He is still able to produce high quality jazz like this 2012 CD with his working trio. He was born Oct. 26, 1971 in Albany, NY and grew up in Rochester. His parents were Tamil immigrants. After 15 years of violin training, Iyer took up the piano. He attended University of California, Berkeley to get a doctorate in physics but he wound up in jazz playing with sax player Steve Coleman. Iyer has recorded as a leader since the mid-90s, most frequently with his trio of bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The 2012 CD Accelerando reached #7 on the jazz charts. His other groups include Fieldwork with sax player Steve Lehman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, the Asian trio Tirtha and his duo with sax player Rudresh Mahanthappa. Iyer's latest CD Holding It Down is with poet Mike Ladd. He has also played as a sideman with guys like Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith. Until recently, Iyer was on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. But now he has joined Harvard as a music professor. We'll see how that affects his time in New York clubs. It probably won't. I expect Vijay Iyer to explore improvisational jazz for years to come. Here's the Vijay Iyer Trio performing Actions Speak at Poisson Rouge in New York City Jan. 7, 2012.

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