29 Questions For Vijay Iyer

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Source: Musical Toronto.

At the forefront of today’s jazz pianists, Vijay Iyer’s creative output combines disparate domains in a contemporised package. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, his career spans the humanities, the sciences, and the arts: Iyer holds a Ph.D in cognitive musical science, and is a professor at Harvard University’s Department of Music.

Born in New York to Indian parents, significant engagements in Canada include performances at the Toronto Jazz Festival and a residency at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in 2013. He is in his fifth year of artistic directorship of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at Banff Centre. There, MT witnessed Iyer in action performing Radhe Radhe with his colleagues and participant student musicians. His latest CD Far From Over will be released this month, featuring Iyer in a sextet with his long-time collaborators, all of whom have also appeared alongside him at Banff Centre.

Speaking with him over the phone, Iyer has a remarkably calm speech that is worlds apart from his accomplishments and creative powers on stage.

Improvisation Summit of Portland Reviewed

Source: Oregon ArtsWatch.

Once a year the Creative Music Guild puts on the Improvisation Summit of Portland, featuring local experimental and jazz musicians of all stripes interspersed with other regional and national artists. The roster includes some of the best dancers, instrumentalists, electro-acoustic, and electronic musicians that the region has to offer, performing over the course of two days at the Kenton neighborhood arts space, Disjecta. The volunteer-run festival’s vibe of nerdy musician meets block party is Portland at its fundamental best, a venue for musicians to produce the weird, the deep, and the outrageous amongst other like-minded individuals. And it expresses a deep sense of community that seems lacking in other parts of Portland’s music scene.

AMN Picks of the Week: Ager Sonus / Mariel Roberts / Barbiero & Moore / Masaoka, Parkins, & Melford / Penderecki / Beresford & Musson / No One

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Ager Sonus – Book of the Black Earth (2017)
Mariel Roberts – Cartography (2017)
Daniel Barbiero / Ken Moore – Lunge (2017)
Masaoka, Miya / Zeena Parkins / Myra Melford – MZM (2017)
Krzysztof Penderecki – Kosmogonia (1974 / 2017)
Steve Beresford / Rachel Musson – Hesitantly Pleasant (2017)
No One – 11 (2017)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Tim Daisy, Michael Thieke, Ken Vandermark – Triptych (Relay Records, 2017) ****

Keith Rowe and Michael Pisaro – 13 Thirteen (Erstwhile, 2017) ****½

Peter Brötzmann, Steve Swell & Paal Nilssen-Love – Live in Tel Aviv (2017) ****

Hang Em High – Tres Testosterones (Gig Ant / Boomslang Records, 2017) ****

Shelter – Shelter (Audiographic, 2017) ****½

Raoul Bjorkenheim Triad – Beyond (Eclipse Music, 2017) ****