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Caption: Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer 

JazzStories: Vijay Iyer

From: Murray Street Productions
Series: JazzStories
Length: 12:02

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"I kind of had a revelation once seeing him [Randy Weston] play live. It happened for me in a particular time in my life when I recently made the decision to be an artist. And that didn't come lightly for a number of reasons one of which was that I was in graduate school in physics. It was like I was undergoing this huge rupture in my life path or something....to see the real clarity, focus and intimacy of it...suddenly I realized this was the example I needed."

Web_photo_small Self-taught pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most original musicians currently working in jazz. His music is based firmly in the jazz tradition, but also encompasses a wide range of western and non-western sources including his South Asian roots. An accomplished electronic musician as well, Iyer's work is also informed by his academic background which includes a Phd. in music and technology from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Self-taught pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most original musicians currently working in jazz. His music is based firmly in the jazz tradition, but also encompasses a wide range of western and non-western sources including his South Asian roots. An accomplished electronic musician as well, Iyer's work is also informed by his academic background which includes a Phd. in music and technology from the University of California at Berkeley.