Vijay Iyer is a composer-pianist and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a United States Artist Fellowship, a Grammy nomination, and the Alpert Award in the Arts. He was voted Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year four times in the last decade. Iyer has released two dozen albums, including: “The Transitory Poems” with pianist Craig Taborn; “Far From Over” with the Vijay Iyer Sextet; “A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke” with composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith; “Break Stuff” with the Vijay Iyer Trio; the live score to the film “Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi” by filmmaker Prashant Bhargava; and “Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project” with poet-performer Mike Ladd. Iyer’s concert works have been commissioned and premiered by music groups around the world including Imani Winds, American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Silk Road Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, LAPhil Group for New Music, and more. Iyer is Artistic Director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. He teaches at Harvard University.
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