It’s not often that two MacArthur geniuses get together, let alone to give a masterclass. Nonetheless, this is what happened last September at the New England Conservatory. Pianists extraordinaire Jason Moran, who teaches at NEC, and Vijay Iyer, now teaching at Harvard, teamed up to discuss their careers, music in general, answer questions from students and perform a few duos. Check out the video below the jump.
Vijay Iyer’s new trio album Break Stuff is out today! To celebrate this occasion, Nextbop.com, Vijay Iyer and ECM Records are giving away three signed copies via Facebook, Twitter and email. Carefully read all the contest details and check out the EPK for the release below the jump.
Some note hovering between an F and an F# hovered over the Vijay Iyer Trio during their soundcheck before their performance Saturday, January 17th at San Antonio's Carver Community Cultural Center. Bassist Stephan Crump picked out the note, concerned it would float over the night's show like a phantom. Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, in for Marcus Gilmore who was currently in London performing at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards (so he gets a pass), already had snark ready for Facebook later. However, the capable crew of the Carver soldiered through and solved the Case of the Wonky Mix, and a moderate, but dedicated crowd of jazz fans were among the first to hear and purchase the latest music off pianist Vijay Iyer's Break Stuff.
Pianist Vijay Iyer keeps making fascinating, innovative music and he's got the approval of the mysterious MacArthur Foundation to prove it. With his recent signing to the famed ECM Records, Iyer is poised to release Mutations, his nine-part composition highlighting strings, on March 4th. The release features violinists Miranda Cuckson and Michi Wiancko, viola player Kyle Armbrust, and violoncello player Kivie Cah-Lipman. More information about the album and a streaming track is available at the Mutations site at ECM. In the meantime, watch the EPK video after the jump.