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Vijay Iyer

On the Culture Front: Wine Dinner at Famed Beer Bar, Green Porno and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.31.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Rossellini shines a light on the humor of mating but also touches on our profound need for it beyond utility. Green Porno is incredibly cheeky fun but buried slyly in there is a message about those who wish to define acceptable mating practices and the urging for them to stop.

Not Your Grandma's Jazz Star

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts

Vijay Iyer is not your grandma’s jazz star. One of this year’s 24 MacArthur geniuses, Iyer is both a self-taught pianist and the son of Indian...

MacArthur Genius Grants Awarded

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts

What do a 60-year-old video artist, a 36-year-old atomic physicist, and a 53-year-old behavioral economist have in common? Not much, probably, except ...

Lend Them Your Ears

Doug Bradley | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Doug Bradley

On the long plane ride back to the USA from my tour of duty in Vietnam in late 1971, I had a hard time sleeping, afraid, I've determined in hindsight, that I'd wake up back in Vietnam! So, I passed the time listening to music and scribbling random thoughts on a piece of paper.

With Dosa Hunt, Filmmaker Amrit Singh Emerges as Generational Voice

Jim Luce | Posted 07.27.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The closing gala for this year's New York Indian Film Festival (HuffPo), held in a banquet hall above NYU's Skirball Auditorium, was alive with artist...

Telling The Unbelievable War Stories From Iraq

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 11.11.2012 | Arts

Iraq used to be merely a name on a map for many Americans before September 11, 2001. After nine years of war, it's still that for some. Perhaps that's...

Vijay Iyer Solo Piano Concert at the Carnegie Room of the Nyack Library

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of his generation. He has garnered an endless collection of awards from the press, a cult-like following by his fans and deserved respect and recognition from his fellow musicians.

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #4: Owen Pallett

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

On March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in New York City's Merkin Hall, Ecstatic Music Festival all-star Nadia Sirota joins two indie songwriters -- pianist Thomas Ba...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #3: Gabriel Kahane

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

The Ecstatic Music Festival is now entering the home stretch. And while the festival hinges on the creation and performance of new works conceived wi...

Ecstatic Music Festival: The First Week in Review

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Note: Because the Ecstatic Music Festival is in large part meant to highlight brand new works that are born from collaboration between artists, for th...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #2: Alarm Will Sound's Alan Pierson and Matt Marks

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Two members of the contemporary music band Alarm Will Sound discuss the group's upcoming concert and the importance of composer Steve Reich.

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #1: Jefferson Friedman

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In a recent phone conversation, Jefferson Friedman and I discussed "record" versus "song cycle," composing on roofs, and New York's "Winter of Love."

WATCH: Best Under-The-Radar Music To See At The Ecstatic Music Festival

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

With a staggering number of composers, singer-songwriters, and performers contributing their talents to the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City-...

JAZZ: The Innovative Intersection Of Physics And Jazz

wsj.com | STUART ISACOFFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

During the '90s, while Mr. Iyer was cultivating his artistic voice at late-night gigs, his daylight hours were spent working as a physics major at the...

Vijay Iyer's Life in Music: "Striving is the Backstory..." (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Christopher Lydon

Vijay Iyer brings rare stuff to jazz piano, starting with a Brahmin Indian name and heritage, and a Yale degree in physics. Gujarati stick dances and ...