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Vijay Iyer

Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was named Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2012, 2015, and 2016. He received a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and a 2011 Grammy nomination. He has released twenty-one albums, including A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (ECM, 2016) in duo with composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, named “Best New Music” by PitchforkBreak Stuff (ECM, 2015) with the Vijay Iyer Trio, winner of the German Record Critics’ Award for Album of the Year; the live score to the film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (ECM, 2014) by filmmaker Prashant Bhargava; and Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (Pi Recordings, 2013), his third politically-searing collaboration with poet-performer Mike Ladd, named Album of the Year in the Los Angeles Times. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Consciousness StudiesWireMusic PerceptionJazzTimes, the Journal of the Society for American MusicCritical Studies in Improvisation, and The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. In 2014, he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard. 

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