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Award-winning pianist Vijay Iyer is the final guest of this special series of interviews with artists from Pori Jazz Festival 2015!

After international stars such as John Patitucci, Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool and the Gang and Miguel Zenón, we’re joined by another incredible and accomplish artist.

Vijay Iyer stops by the Jazz Spotlight Podcast to talk about his trio’s new album Break Stuff – which received a 5-star review by DownBeat Magazine – as well as the science of music and to share his advice for young musicians and his take on music and education.


Today’s Guest

Vijay IyerVijay Iyer is a New York-based pianist, composer, band leader, producer and writer.

He’s one of the most in-demand jazz pianist, known for his solo performances, as well as a band leader and for collaborations with other contemporary jazz stars such as Rudresh Mahanthappa, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman and Wadada Leo Smith.

Vijay Iyer is very active as a music educator, ambassador and fellowship receiver too. He’s currently Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University.

In 2012, he was awarded a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the 2012 Greenfield Prize for Music, and an unprecedented “triple crown” in the 2012 DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll, in which he was voted Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Small Group of the Year (for the Vijay Iyer Trio), Album of the Year (for Accelerando), and Rising Star Composer of the Year.

Break Stuff, the new album by the Vijay Iyer Trio, which features Stephan Crump and Marcus Gilmore, received 5 stars – the highest rating possible – in the March 2015 issue of the popular publication DownBeat magazine.



In This Episode, You’ll Hear More About

  • The inspiration behind Break Stuff
  • The science of music
  • Vijay Iyer’s message to young artists
  • His take on music and education





Thank Vijay Iyer on Twitter!

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