Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Profile of Vijay Iyer

I've got a piece in the new issue of Seed magazine about the New York-based jazz pianist Vijay Iyer.

Iyer is one of the most interesting jazz musicians around. He recently won Downbeat magazine's annual poll in the 'rising star' categories as both a performer and a composer. He's got a background in maths and physics, and places mathematical tools at the heart of his compositional technique. And, as well as leading an acoustic jazz quartet, he makes electronic music, and creates theatrical pieces in collaboration with the rapper/poet Mike Ladd.

Anyway, it was great fun to meet and talk with him when he visited London earlier this year, and it was fun to do the piece - my first foray into music-ish journalism. Vijay has posted the piece on his own site.

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