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," Iyer has released fifteen albums as a leader, most recently Tirtha (2011), Solo (2010), and the multiple-award-winning Historicity (2009). A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Iyer holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Yale University.



"The Church of What's Happening Now: Improv 2012 and the Cosmopolitan Truth"

This gathering will examine the economics, aesthetics and ethnicities of improvisational music culture in present-day NYC. It will include special emphasis on how older definitions of jazz, neo-classical, dance, rock, folk, global, breakbeat and fusion have been provoked, transformed and morphed by contemporary urban artists and audiences. The role of digital technologies and social media will be in the mix too. The panelists will also look at how race, class and gender issues have been addressed by present-day practitioners, and how gentrification has affected the communities and venues available to the city's contemporary improvising community.