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Pianist and Composer Vijay Iyer Performs Solo and Leads His Jazz Trio and Sextet on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Zankel Hall

On Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer performs solo piano works and leads both his jazz trio and sextet for an evening of original music from his celebrated recordings. The pianist, noted by The New Yorker as one of “today’s most important pianists… extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic,” performs alongside bassist Stephan Crump, drummer Tyshawn Sorey, trumpeter Graham Haynes, tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, and soprano and alto saxophonist Steve Lehman. This concert is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

Vijay Iyer © Jimmy Katz

Vijay Iyer © Jimmy Katz

Iyer’s many collaborators include other forward-thinking musicians of his generation, such as Rudresh Mahanthappa, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Liberty Ellman; elder creative music pioneers, including Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, and Amina Claudine Myers; and new-music experimenters ranging from Miya Masaoka and John Zorn to hip-hop innovators Dead Prez, Das Racist, and DJ Spooky, among others. His compositions have been commissioned or performed by the Silk Road Ensemble, Ethel, Brentano String Quartet, JACK Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Hermès Ensemble, and Imani Winds. A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities, and the arts, Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published articles in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, and The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010.

Prior to this performance, starting at 8:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience. The first 200 ticketholders to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit

About The Artist
Composer and pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” and by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star.” His most recent honors include an unprecedented “quintuple crown” in the Downbeat International Critics Poll (winning the Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories) as well as the $275,000 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and the $30,000 Greenfield Prize, all awarded in 2012. He was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, and named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India.

Iyer has released sixteen albums as a leader—his most recent, Accelerando (2012), an “early front-runner for jazz album of the year” (The New York Times), is an intense, visceral, and widely acclaimed follow-up to the multiple award-winning Historicity (2009), both featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio. Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Award nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album and was named the number one jazz album of the year by outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, and the Village Voice Jazz and Downbeat International Critics polls. Iyer is the recipient of the Alpert Award in the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, among other honors, in addition to receiving numerous composer commissions. In 2013, Iyer takes on the role of Director of Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music—an annual three-week program in Alberta, Canada, founded by piano legend Oscar Peterson.

Program Information
Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall
Vijay Iyer, Piano
Stephan Crump, Bass
Tyshawn Sorey, Drums
Steve Lehman, Soprano and Alto Saxophones
Mark Shim, Tenor Saxophone
Graham Haynes, Trumpet

This concert and the Shape of Jazz series are made possible by The Joyce and George Wein Foundation in memory of Joyce Wein.

Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

Carnegie Hall’s presentation of the Vijay Iyer Sextet is supported by Presenting Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Ticket Information
Single tickets, priced at $40 and $50, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting

For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. She is a Signature Theatre alumni who was in the cast of Sam Shepard’s Chicago, during his Signature 1996-1997 Playwright-in-Residence Season.
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