Vijay Iyer Interview

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...

Source: NPR.

Vijay Iyer is an acclaimed jazz pianist, MacArthur winner and Harvard professor of music. His new album, recorded with a six-person band, is called Far From Over. With the band, he says, he wanted to write with “different dance rhythms and dance impulses” in mind; the record also reflects Iyer’s belief that jazz is “a category that keeps shifting.” Iyer spoke with NPR’s Scott Simon about his approach to jazz and the histories it carries. Hear the conversation at the audio link, or read on for an edited transcript.