Vijay Iyer Profiled


Source: The New Yorker.

Lately, Iyer, who is forty-four and a Harvard professor, has been the most lauded piano player in jazz. Reviewing Iyer’s record “Break Stuff,” his twentieth, released last February, the critic Steve Greenlee wrote, “He may be the most celebrated musician in jazz.” Iyer appreciates the sentiment, but it makes him uncomfortable, too. “I have never thought of myself as a great pianist,” he told me. “I thought of putting myself in the service of some larger trajectory. For me, every choice is to take us closer to the next choice. I never had formal training and no one ever told me not to do anything on the piano, so I always thought of my progress as a series of accidents.” The observation that one hears often about Iyer, and that is not usually made about a musician whose career is twenty years old, is that he hasn’t yet achieved his potential. A strain of traditional authority appears to have withheld its approval, however. He considers it significant that he has never been invited to play at the Village Vanguard, for example. The history of jazz has white musicians and black musicians, but it doesn’t have brown ones, he said. Iyer is Indian-American.

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AMN Reviews: Gärdin, Pinheiro, Franco & Travassos – Oblique Mirrors [ibn003]

Oblique Mirrors, a release from the quartet of Per Gärdin, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Marco Franco and Travassos, is free jazz-inflected improvisation in an unorthodox format. The unorthodoxy consists in the group’s configuration: Gärdin’s alto and soprano saxophones, which are largely responsible for the music’s free jazz tincture, are at the forefront, but rather than being supported by a rhythm section per se, they are accompanied by the more unconventional combination of piano (Pinheiro), drums and percussion (Franco) and electronics (Travasso).

The music itself moves in and out of free jazz territory, alluding as well to late 20th century modernism and contemporary electroacoustic experimentalism. A track like focal point, the opening piece, centers on the kind of line-and-energy playing associated with free jazz by presenting a hyperkinetic polyphony dominated by soprano sax. By contrast the more introverted and texturally-focused tracks refraction and sphere turn attention to a soundscape of subtle colors and microsounds marked by Pinheiro’s fine-grained, inside-the-piano work and Travassos’ restrained electronics. The closing track, aperture, returns to the free jazz side of things in a collision of soprano sax and percussion augmented by percussion-like metallic timbres from piano and electronics.

http://www.ibnmusik.n.nu

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

ERIC HUEBNER | POP-UP CONCERTS
Pianist Eric Huebner performs piano etudes by Roger Reynolds and the premiere of Eric Wubbels’s Psychomechanochronometer.
Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 PM
Free
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

TAKA KIGAWA, MARIEL ROBERTS, WILL LANG, AND IKTUS PERCUSSION PRESENT XENAKIS
Iktus Percussion
Taka Kigawa (piano), Will Lang (trombone), Mariel Roberts (cello), and members of Iktus Percussion unite to pay homage to the avant-garde master, Iannis Xenakis. Accompanied by Marina Kifferstein (violin), Carlos Cordeiro (clarinet), and Hristina Blagoeva (flute), the NYC-based musicians present an array of solo and mixed chamber ensemble works that showcase the vivacious and eclectic spirit unique only to Xenakis.
Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

BLOODMIST (JEREMIAH CYMERMAN, TOBY DRIVER, MARIO DIAZ DE LEON – ALBUM RELEASE EVENT) + ANDREW HOCK + STEPHEN GOSLING
The group Bloodmist celebrates the release of their debut album Sheen on Cymerman’s 5049 Records.
Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

QUICKSAND | ROBERT ASHLEY
Robert Ashley
The Kitchen presents the world premiere of Quicksand, an opera-novel for music, dance, and light, composed from a novel of the same name by the late Robert Ashley.
Thursday, January 28 to 30 & February 4 to 6 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20, $16 students/seniors
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street New York, NY

OKKYUNG LEE AND ANDREW LAMPERT | BASEMENT PERFORMANCES
Okkyung Lee (composer, cellist) and Andrew Lampert (artist, film archivist) perform a site-specific piece with multiple projections and live music.
Friday, January 29 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY

MAN FOREVER & TIGUE | ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tigue
Man Forever, the percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), teams up with the avant-pop band Tigue to premiere new collaborative works for percussion and voice inspired by the 1971 album “Moondog II.”
Friday, January 29 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street New York, NY

THEO BLECKMANN PRESENTS: JO LAWRY
Singer-songwriter Jo Lawry brings an all-star band to National Sawdust, in celebration of her newest album, Taking Pictures.
Friday, January 29 at 10:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

RAHA RAISSNIA AND PANAGIOTIS MAVRIDIS | BASEMENT PERFORMANCES
Raha Raissnia (artist) and Panagiotis Mavridis (artist, musical instrument maker) perform with multiple looped 35 and 16 mm film projections and installation with live music.
Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY

AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
ACME – Photo by Ryuhei ShindoACME – Photo by Ryuhei Shindo
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble, performs string trios by Italian avant-garde composer Giacinto Scelsi and metal guitarist and composer Mick Barr (of Krallice).
Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12
Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

MAX LIFCHITZ
Pianist Max Lifchitz performs a recital highlighting 20th- and 21st-century music by composers from the Americas. The multigenerational program will feature New York premieres of works by JB Floyd, Mikhail Johnson, Eun Young Lee, Marcela Pavia, Vincent Persichetti and William Toutant. Also on the program, Mr. Lifchitz’s own Piano Silhouettes inspired by paintings of Elisabeth Condon.
Sunday, January 31 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

INVOKE
Invoke performs for the second time in New York at National Sawdust. invoke will perform on a mix of traditional string quartet and bluegrass instruments in a unique Americana-influenced style all their own.
Sunday, January 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

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Source: All About Jazz.

Mike Reed’s People, Places And Things
A New Kind of Dance (482 Music)

Konstantin Ionenko Quartet
Noema (Fancy Music)

Tom Rainey Trio
Hotel Grief (Intakt Records)

Nashville Electric
Orson’s Folly (Edgetone Records)

Veryan Weston / Jon Rose / Hannah Marshall
Tuning Out (Emanem)

Kaja Draksler / Susana Santos Silva
This Love (Clean Feed Records)

Myra Melford + Ben Goldberg
Dialogue (Self Produced)

Sean Sonderegger’s Magically Inclined
Eat The Air (Skirl Records)

Steve Lacy Quintet
Last Tour (Emanem)

Benoit Delbecq 3
Ink (Clean Feed Records)