|Vijay Iyer — Accelerando (March 13, 2012)|
Vijay Iyer — Accelerando (March 13, 2012)⦿ Accelerando sees Vijay Iyer and his telepathic trio mates bassist Stephen Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore light up material that ranges from a brace of bold originals and pieces by great jazz composers to surprising interpretations of vintage pop and funk tunes.
⦿ Music maker, @Harvard professor, Harlem resident.
Location: New York, NY
Album release: March 13, 2012
Record Label: Act Music & Vision
01 Bode 2:20
02 Optimism 7:23
03 The Star of a Story 5:46
04 Human Nature (Trio Extension) 9:39
05 Wildflower 4:10
06 Mmmhmm 4:33
07 Litle Pocket Size Demons 7:14
08 Lude 4:57
09 Accelerando 2:53
10 Actions Speak 5:38
11 The Village Of The Virgins 5:20
⦿ Vijay Iyer: piano, composition, electronics, etc.
⦿ plus many other collaborators.
⦿ The air filled with anticipation when Vijay Iyer Trio entered the stage at Jazz Standard. People clearly expected that this show was going to be special.
⦿ I was excited to see the group because listening to their studio recordings comes close to meditation. Their music is pervaded by an irresistible hypnotic pull that draws the audience into a series of swiftly changing moods, melodies, and rhythms. Integrating seemingly incompatible elements into consistent harmonies, Vijay Iyer Trio generates a unique sound bursting with creativity.
⦿ When the music stopped, people awoke from the trance that overwhelmed them during the set. It became clear that Vijay Iyer Trio had managed to exceed the expectations of their audience. You could see that people were still dazzled by the complex and dense compositions they had experienced. It took a few seconds for them to return to reality, get up, and leave the venue. It was as if the end of the concert left a void that made people long for more of this magical music. I would not be surprised if the group had planned to achieve this effect to teach the audience a lesson. After all, it is only because of breaks like this that “everything comes to life.” By Michael Nolte • May 2, 2015 • (http://www.flowersinagun.com/)
⦿ ACT Music presents Accelerando, the much anticipated follow–up to the Vijay Iyer Trio’s Grammy~nominated Historicity — voted the No. 1 jazz album of 2009 around the world, including in the Downbeat critics’ poll and by The New York Times. Accelerando is an album driven by the visceral, universal, intoxicating experience of rhythm and sees Iyer and his telepathic trio mates — bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore — go both deep and wide.
⦿ “Truly astonishing, the Vijay Iyer Trio makes challenging music sound immediately enjoyable.” — National Public Radio
⦿ “Presto! Here is the great new jazz piano trio.” — New York Times
⦿ Composer~pianist VIJAY IYER was voted 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 legendary composer~trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork; Break 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 celebrated filmmaker Prashant Bhargava; and Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (Pi Recordings, 2013), a searing collaboration with poet~performer Mike Ladd, named Album of the Year in the Los Angeles Times.
⦿ Iyer’s compositions have been commissioned and premiered by Bang on a Can All~Stars, The Silk Road Ensemble, Ethel, Brentano Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Imani Winds, American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Matt Haimowitz, and Jennifer Koh; his concert works are published by Schott Music. Iyer has performed, recorded, and collaborated with musical pioneers Steve Coleman, George Lewis, Butch Morris, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Steve Lehman, Craig Taborn, Oliver Lake, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tyshawn Sorey, Matana Roberts, poets Amiri Baraka and Mike Ladd, novelist Teju Cole, and rapper Himanshu Suri.
⦿ Iyer is the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University. He is also the Director of The Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, the 2015~16 Artist~in~Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Musical Director for the 2017 Ojai Festival. He holds a doctorate in music cognition from University of California, Berkeley, and his writings have appeared in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, Journal of the Society for American Music, Critical Studies in Improvisation, and The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. He is a Steinway artist.
|Vijay Iyer — Accelerando (March 13, 2012)|