Vijay Iyer to Perform at BAM Harvey Theater in New York

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Vijay Iyer


It was never accurate to pigeonhole Vijay Iyer as a jazz pianist, though he is one of his generation’s most rightfully celebrated jazz improvisers and composers, as well as a Harvard professor and a 2013 MacArthur fellow. His three-night engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, which started on Thursday, concentrated on the nominally classical, notated part of Mr. Iyer’s work as a composer. Even there, it was multifaceted: a three-part program that showed Mr. Iyer as social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway.