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Vijay Iyer

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” by The New Yorker as one of “today’s most important pianists… extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic,” and by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star.”
Vijay Iyer is probably best known as a pianist and bandleader in the African-American creative improvisational tradition — most say "jazz" for short — though he's also several other things in music. He's a composer of chamber, large ensemble and mixed-media works; a Harvard professor; a student of Indian classical music; a father and New York City resident. Committed as he is to multiplicity, there's one place you can see many of his interests distilled at once: the trio he's led for nearly a dozen years.

The album received universal acclaim:
A commanding one-man show. -- John Fordham, The Guardian UK

A much-lauded jazz pianist, Iyer plays nimbly in many ensembles and settings--but he really shines on Solo, his first unaccompanied recording, which comes out August 31 on ACT Music + Vision. Bursting with both emotion and intelligence, this album is a dispatch from the vibrant forefront of jazz -- Utne Reader

Four Stars! -- Rolling Stone Germany

If you want to know where Jazz is in 2010 and where it's headed, Iyer is among the first musicians to hear -- Chris Barton, LA Times

Solo is Iyer's first unaccompanied recording and it reveals one more thing that he does extraordinarily well -- JazzTimes

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