Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in twenty-first-century music. A composer and pianist active across multiple musical communities, Iyer has created a consistently innovative, emotionally resonant body of work over the last twenty-five years, earning him a place as one of the leading music-makers of his generation.

He received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a United States Artist Fellowship, a Grammy nomination, the Alpert Award in the Arts, and two German “Echo” awards, and was voted Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year four times in the last decade. He has released twenty-four albums of his music, most recently UnEasy (ECM Records, 2021), a trio session with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Linda May Han OhThe Transitory Poems (ECM, 2019), a live duo recording with pianist Craig TabornFar From Over (ECM, 2017) with the award-winning Vijay Iyer Sextet; and A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (ECM, 2016) a suite of duets with visionary composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

A longtime New Yorker, Iyer lives in central Harlem with his wife and daughter. He teaches at Harvard University in the Department of Music and the Department of African and African American Studies. He is a Steinway artist.

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Role Models: Prince Challenged Vijay Iyer’s Sense of What Music Was

By Vijay Iyer | May 3, 2021

Role Models: Prince Challenged Vijay Iyer’s Sense of What Music Was

The Purple One left a formative impression on the jazz pianist as a pre-teen.

Vijay Iyer Talks Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest

By Vijay Iyer | June 20, 2013

Vijay Iyer Talks Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest

Before I was sent Tomorrow’s Harvest, I was first administered a drip of previous Boards of Canada albums, as if without the proper...

Vijay Iyer Talks Flying Lotus’ Until the Quiet Comes

By Vijay Iyer | March 12, 2013

Vijay Iyer Talks Flying Lotus’ Until the Quiet Comes

To listen to this album on headphones is to be air-dropped into a teeming megacity in 2017: industrial runoff, overgrown wild vegetation...