Vijay Iyer Trio
|Date:||Thu, Oct 18, 2012
- 8 p.m.
|Price:||$20 - $35|
1328 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626 (click map for more details)
"By now, there can be no doubt that pianist-composer Iyer stands among the most daringly original jazz artists of [his] generation," writes Howard Reich in theChicago Tribune. The American-born son of Indian immigrants and a 2011 Grammy nominee, VIJAY IYER (pronounced "VID-jay EYE-yer") was described byThe Village Voice as "the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years," by The New Yorker as one of "today's most important pianists... extravagantly gifted," by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," and by the L.A. Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star." In the 2010 Jazz Awards, the Jazz Journalists Association voted Iyer Musician of the Year, an honor previously given to Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Dave Holland.
Iyer's sixteen recordings have covered so much ground at such a high level of acclaim that it is easy to forget that they all belong to the same person. March 2012 marks the release of Accelerando, an intense and visceral album of original music and reimagined covers, featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio (Iyer, piano; Marcus Gilmore, drums; Stephan Crump, bass). Accelerando is the highly anticipated follow-up to the trio's Grammy-nominated previous release,Historicity (2009), also a set of originals and surprising covers in his signature style, which became one of the decade's landmark jazz albums. Historicity was chosen as THE #1 JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR by the Downbeat International Critics Poll, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Metro Times, National Public Radio, PopMatters.com, and the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll, and it reached #1 on the CMJ jazz radio charts. The Vijay Iyer Trio went on to win the 2010 Echo Jazz Award (the "German Grammy") for best international ensemble and the 2010 Downbeat Critics Poll for rising star jazz group. "Presto! Here is the great new jazz piano trio." (New York Times) "Truly astonishing... they make challenging music sound immediately enjoyable." (National Public Radio) "A jewel... 9 out of 10" (PopMatters.com).
In August 2010 Iyer released Solo, his most personal statement yet, a kaleidoscopic piano album. "Bursting with both emotion and intelligence… a dispatch from the vibrant forefront of jazz." (Utne Reader) This was followed in March 2011 by Tirtha, a trio collaboration with guitarist Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta: "a jazz-informed reflection on the contemporary South Asian diaspora, with three perspectives in creative convergence… a wakeful, radiant performance." (New York Times) "Tirtha is a triumph; it is a high-water mark in the constantly evolving discussion between jazz and Indian music." (All Music Guide)