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.