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Vijay Iyer

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2016.10.10 Vijay Iyer on Thelonious Monk - 2 of 2

Deep Focus

It's a special Thelonious Monk birthday week Deep Focus from 2016 with host Mitch Goldman and his guest, pianist Vijay Iyer.  Of Monk, Vijay Iyer has said, "I think about Thelonious Monk every day. He's my biggest influence by far.”  Insights and exquisitely rare recordings will abound.  Sunday, October 10, 2021, in addition to being Monk's 104th birthday anniversary, is also the 80th anniversary of WKCR being granted its FM broadcast license by the FCC. Come on now, people: stand up and cheer!#WKCR #DeepFocus #TheloniousMonk #VijayIyer #MitchGoldman #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast Photo credit: William P. Gottlieb, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

1hr 9mins

7 Oct 2021

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2016.10.10 Vijay Iyer on Thelonious Monk - 1 of 2

Deep Focus

It's a special Thelonious Monk birthday week Deep Focus from 2016 with host Mitch Goldman and his guest, pianist Vijay Iyer.  Of Monk, Vijay Iyer has said, "I think about Thelonious Monk every day. He's my biggest influence by far.”  Insights and exquisitely rare recordings will abound.  Sunday October 10, 2021 in addition to being Monk's 104th birthday anniversary, is also the 80th anniversary of WKCR being granted its FM broadcast license by the FCC. Come on now, people: stand up and cheer!#WKCR #DeepFocus #TheloniousMonk #VijayIyer #MitchGoldman #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast Photo credit: William P. Gottlieb, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

1hr 23mins

6 Oct 2021

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Vijay Iyer Trio's Music Evolves Every Time They Play

Soundcheck

Pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, wear their composer and collaborator hats simultaneously in new music by Vijay Iyer, who reminds us that “the most turbulent music may contain stillness, coolness, even wisdom,” (Uneasy liner notes.) They share the joy in hearing each other together in a room creating something collaboratively based on something put on the page. The members of the trio talk about optimism and hope - in spite of it all, their decades of shared connections, and some of their separate creative projects. Vijay also speaks to his perceived reputation for making art about subjects no one wants to talk about, and believing in the craft of making an album – the shape of it and the journey. Vijay and the trio play music from Vijay Iyer’s 2021 record, Uneasy, for the first in-studio since early 2020, in The Greene Space. - Caryn Havlik Set list: “Combat Breathing,” “Children of Flint,” “Uneasy” Watch "Combat Breathing": Watch "Children of Flint": Watch "Uneasy":

43mins

30 Sep 2021

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2013.10.07 Vijay Iyer on Andrew Hill - 3 of 3

Deep Focus

Sometimes you have to take all the furniture out of the room to see what it really looks like and to decide what belongs in there. Pianist Andrew Hill did that for our music (most memorably on a series of outstanding Blue Note recordings in the 1960's) and then he put it back together in a whole new way. It's still the same room but it feels fresh and vibrant; the angles are better, you can move around in it more easily. He also opened many new doors leading out of that room and entire generations of younger musicians have enthusiastically moved through them. Vijay Iyer is certainly one of them. He could never be called a Hill clone but he learned many lessons from this imaginative bandleader. It's readily apparent today in the many ensembles that he leads and his even more numerous collaborations and multimedia work. He talks about it with clarity and zeal with host Mitch Goldman in this Deep Focus from 2013. #WKCR #JazzAlternatives #MitchGoldman #DeepFocus #AndrewHill #VijayIyer #JazzRadio #jazzpodcast Photo credit: fair use.

34mins

27 Jun 2021

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Vijay Iyer on Prince's "Sign O' The Times" (1987)

Heat Rocks

This week, we discuss Prince for the SIXTH time on Heat Rocks with musician/scholar Vijay Iyer. We get into Prince's love of the drum machine, Vijay's love of the 80s, and the many sides of Prince we see on this record. More on Vijay IyerFloating Along In Uncertainty With Vijay Iyer (NPR)Check out UneasyTwitter | InstagramMore on Sign o' The TimesIs Prince’s Sign O’ The Times the greatest album of all time? (BBC)The Story of Prince's Sign o' The Times (Classic Album Sundays)Prince's 'Sign O' the Times' Turns 30: All the Songs Ranked (Billboard)Show Tracklisting (all songs from Sign o'The Times unless otherwise indicated): HousequakeStarfish and CoffeeVijay Iyer: Night and DayPrince: Little Red CorvetteSlow LoveSign O' The TImesStarfish and CoffeeItHousequakeIf I Was Your GirlfriendThe Ballad of Dorothy ParkerIf I Was Your GirlfriendItHot ThingThe CrossAdoreU Got The LookIt's Gonna Be A Beautiful NightHot ThingThe Ballad of Dorothy ParkerLords of the Underground: Flow On (New Symphony)The Ballad of Dorothy ParkerForever In My LifeThe CrossSlow LoveVijay Iyer: Human NatureMystic BrewIf I Was Your GirlfriendThe Cure: Just Like HeavenMadhouse: ThreePrince: Sometimes It Snows in AprilHere is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on thereIf you’re not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts, do it here!

59mins

11 Jun 2021

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Episode #4 - Vijay Iyer: Uneasy

ECM Records Podcast

In this fourth episode, we met with pianist Vijay Iyer in Central Park New York and talked with him about his new trio album called "Uneasy" which was recorded with Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey in New York.Vijay talks about his relationship with the trio, the repertoire of this project and the "unease" this album is about.

22mins

29 May 2021

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Vijay Iyer on why jazz has always been political

Switched on Pop

When you think of jazz, you might think of La La Land, luxury car commercials, or fancy dinner parties. Cool, sophisticated, complex, jazz today seems to signify the epitome of class and taste. For pianist Vijay Iyer, that view gets the music completely wrong. Jazz isn’t cool. Jazz is countercultural. Jazz is alive and relevant. Jazz fights racism and injustice. And for those reasons, maybe we shouldn’t be calling this music “jazz” at all.With a trio of Linda May Han Oh on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums, Iyer has recorded a new album, Uneasy, that continues the defiant political legacy of improvised music. Through songs that tackles the Flint water crisis, the murder of Eric Garner, and social unrest, Iyer connects to the key of issues of our day without saying a word. While his songs speak to our chaotic present and crackle with fierce urgency, they also reach back to elders like John Coltrane, Geri Allen, and Charles Mingus—musicians who never shied away from a fight. Songs discussed:Charlie Parker - Ko KoCharles Mingus - Fables of Faubus, Original Faubus FablesVijay Iyer - Children of Flint, Combat Breathing, Uneasy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31mins

25 May 2021

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Interview with Vijay Iyer (April 2021) || www.elclubdejazz.com

Jazz Interviews

Is beauty the main goal of Art? Is pleasure always beautiful? What is the best way to listen to music? An in-depth conversation with pianist Vijay Iyer, who presents "Uneasy", his first trio recording along with Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey.All rights reserved: http://www.elclubdejazz.com

1hr 33mins

20 Apr 2021

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Protest and Possibility (feat. Vijay Iyer)

Object Of Sound

When you think of protest music, you might think of the rock anthems of the 1960’s, or rap that turns frustration into elegantly poignant lyrics. For pianist Vijay Iyer, music without lyrics—has always been political music. This week, we talk with Vijay about the release of his new album 'Uneasy,' which in many ways is a protest album. We delve into the political history of jazz, the role of music in protest movements today. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-vijay/ Show Notes /Vijay Iyer’s new album is Uneasy, with collaborators Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh. Vijay shared Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit and John Coltrane’s 1968 performance at The Newport Jazz festival as examples of performances of protest.Vijay cites Miles Davis’ performance of “Ah-Leu Cha” at the Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” as examples of powerful political music. Vijay references Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant. In his final thought, Hanif discusses Nina Simone’s songs “Pirate Jenny” and “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair.” / Music In This Week's Playlist /Children of Flint, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn SoreySong of the United Front, Charlie HadenVolunteered Slavery, Rahsaan Roland KirkPirate Jenny, Nina SimoneTranscendence, Alice Coltrane and Pharoh SandersAh-Leu-Cha, Miles at Newport/ Credits / Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

33mins

9 Apr 2021

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Vijay Iyer: Transforming Veterans' Dreams Into Music (From the Archives)

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For the 2.4 million veterans who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the experience of war isn’t necessarily ended by coming home. Memories -particularly traumatic ones - stay with them for life, often manifesting themselves in dreams. The retelling of those dreams is at the heart of Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, a 2012 collaboration between pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd. Together with Iraq War veteran, poet, and vocalist Maurice Decaul, they discuss the impact of modern-day warfare on the psyche and the decision to focus on veterans of color for this project. Plus, Ladd, Iyer, Decaul, along with percussionist Kassa Overall, bassist Guillermo Brown, cellist Okkyung Lee, and guitarist Liberty Ellman, play selections from the work, in-studio.  Set List:  "Derelict Poetry," by Maurice Decaul and Vijay Iyer"My Fire" by Mike Ladd and Vijay Iyer"Shush" by Maurice Decaul and Vijay Iyer

34mins

29 Oct 2020

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