From ECM Records:
Mutations For String Quartet and Piano/Electronics To Be Released March 4, 2014 in U.S.
Pianist, composer, writer and producer Vijay Iyer recently recorded his first album for ECM at New York’s Avatar Studios, with Manfred Eicher producing. While Iyer has been recognized predominantly for his fresh approaches to jazz, ECM now proposes to document a broader scope of his work, which will highlight his compositions and multi-media pieces, as well as improvisation.
The first collaboration, Mutations is scheduled for release March 4, 2014. The recording features solo piano pieces and “Mutations I-X”, a suite in ten movements for string quartet, piano and laptop, with Miranda Cuckson and Michi Wiancko, violins, Kyle Armbrust, viola, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello and with composer Iyer playing the piano and contributing electronics and sound-processing.
Iyer previously appeared on ECM with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory on Far Side, recorded in 2007, on which he plays alongside fellow pianist Craig Taborn. An Iyer/Taborn duo project is amongst future plans, and ECM will also record the Vijay Iyer Trio, as well as Iyer’s compositions for large and small instrumental forces.