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GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Vijay Iyer
On March 4 GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist Vijay Iyer will release his latest album, Mutations. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the chilling "Mutation VI: Waves."
"These newest pieces put the piano in counterpoint with electronically generated rhythms and textures," said Iyer. "As all of this music unfolds, our intent, as players and observers, is to place ourselves fully in the moment with sound."
Born and raised in New York, Iyer has led numerous bands, including Spirit Complex, the Poisonous Prophets and the Vijay Iyer Trio. In 1995 he released his debut solo album, Memorophilia, which was followed by a string of acclaimed projects, including 2000's Panoptic Modes and 2003's In What Language?. In 2009 the Vijay Iyer Trio — comprising Iyer, drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump — released Historicity, which featured original compositions and covers of tracks by GRAMMY winners Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim ("Somewhere") and Stevie Wonder ("Big Brother"), among others. The 10-track set peaked at No. 15 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart and garnered the Vijay Iyer Trio their first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards. The Trio's most recent album, 2012's Accelerando, peaked at No. 7 on the Jazz Albums chart.
Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York, Mutations is Iyer's first album to document his work with chamber ensembles. The album features 13 original recordings composed by Iyer for piano, string quartet and electronics. Beginning March 1 in New York, Iyer is scheduled to perform select dates in the United States and Germany through August.