Vijay Iyer dazzles by delivering many layers

Pianist Iyer is profiled in anticipation of an upcoming Vancouver performance.

It might seem strange that Vijay Iyer gave up a promising career in physics to play jazz piano, but once you’ve heard his music, that decision makes perfect sense. Reimagining, his 2005 release on the Savoy label, offers up sonic landscapes that are as strange as string theory, melodies that seem dizzyingly weightless, and rhythms as complex as Einstein’s math, but they all come together in viscerally pleasing form.