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Vijay Iyer

New Sounds

African Roots

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Listen to Afrobeat party-band Antibalas, modeled after the great Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band. Plus, music from South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela & pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, & more.

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New Sounds

Global Jazz

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hear global jazz like Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion" - an intricate suite for piano, gaita, percussion, tabla, sheng, violin, viola & cello for the Silk Road Ensemble.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Four Singular Musicians Open VIA's 2014 Ferus Festival

Friday, August 01, 2014

Pianist Vijay Iyer, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, bassist Scott Colley and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi joined forces on May 12 to open the 2014 Ferus Festival of new music at The Stone. Listen to the entire concert on demand, featuring original works by all four featured composer-performers. 

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Vijay Iyer and the Brentano String Quartet

Friday, April 25, 2014

Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer joined us for an evening of music and conversation presented by Q2 Music and hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight.

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New York Now

Watch Live: Pianist Vijay Iyer and Brentano Quartet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tonight at 7 pm ET, watch composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and the Brentano Quartet for an evening of conversation and music for piano, string and electronics from The Greene Space.

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Q2 Music

Video: Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer's Harlem Home

Monday, April 21, 2014

For the second episode of Q2 Spaces's second season, we tour the Harlem apartment of pianist, composer and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer. Watch the full episode now.

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Studio 360

Live In-Studio: Vijay Iyer, Jazz’s Incredible Hulk

Friday, April 18, 2014

The pianist and MacArthur genius Vijay Iyer is one of the great living jazz musicians, although a lot of his music isn't what you'd recognize as jazz. In addition to leading a trio and playing duets with a saxophonist, Iyer programs laptops, and writes chamber music. The heart of Iyer’s ...

 

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Studio 360

Nerding Out with Ken Burns & Rebranding Marijuana

Friday, April 18, 2014

This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana ...

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Q2 Music

Sample Rate: 24-Hour Marathon of Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 27, join us for a special encore presentation of Sample Rate: 24-hours of electronic and electro-acoustic music curated and hosted by Morton Subotnick, Tyondai Braxton, Tristan Perich, Angélica Negrón, Matmos, Olga Bell and Daniel Wohl.

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New Sounds

Electroacoustic Chamber Music

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hear music by Serbian Aleksandra Vrebalov composed for the string quartet ETHEL on this New Sounds program, devoted to electroacoustic chamber music.  Listen to a double-quartet with pre-recorded sounds, “Logbook,” which was commissioned in 2013 by Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre and is Vrebalov’s way of summing up war-time Serbia. According to ETHEL cellist Dorothy Lawson, “Logbook” contains some of the most terrifying music they play, but also has moments of innocence, such as imitating crickets chirping in a field. 

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New Sounds

African Roots

Thursday, January 23, 2014

For this New Sounds show, listen to the Afrobeat party band Antibalas, formed in 1998 and modeled the outfit after the late great Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band.  The Brooklyn-based music collective recently released a self-titled effort, the first in five years, featuring the track below, “Dirty Money,” on the heels of their run as house band for the Broadway musical, “Fela!”  

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New Sounds

New Sounds Listener Poll 2013 Results

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The results are in, and thanks to all of the listeners who submitted their short-lists. Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where we present what you, the listeners, have chosen as the best new music releases of 2013. Listen for some world music-inflected jazz, an acoustic piano trio (also Radiolab favorites), and two poignant records on themes of war and its aftermath.  Find out who emerged victorious from this year's contest on the 29th annual New Sounds Listener Poll show.

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New Sounds

Global Jazz (Special Podcast)

Monday, December 23, 2013

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Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways.

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New Sounds

Global Jazz

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways. Listen to pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion," an eight-part work written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.  It began as a musical interaction between sheng, tabla, and gaita, which evolved into an intricate suite for piano, gaita, percussion, tabla, sheng, violin, viola and cello.  (Vijay Iyer is also the recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "genius" grant.)

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Soundcheck

Essential Heavy Metal; MacArthur Fellows Vijay Iyer And Jeremy Denk; Set Chopin Free

Friday, September 27, 2013

In this episode: Radio and television host Eddie Trunk recently released the second volume of his Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal series. He joins us to discuss some of his favorite bands. Plus he weighs in on the new Metallica concert film.

And: composer Aaron Dunn has a new idea – for some very old music. He tells us about his Kickstarter project called Set Chopin Free.

Also: we hear from two pianists who recently were announced as winners of the so-called MacArthur “Genius Grant”: Jeremy Denk and Vijay Iyer. We hear some live music from the two as well. 

Soundcheck

Jeremy Denk And Vijay Iyer On Receiving MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grants'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and classical pianist Jeremy Denk are among this year's recipients of the 24 MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

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WQXR Blog

Pianist Jeremy Denk Among MacArthur Foundation Winners

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jeremy Denk, a classical pianist with a literary streak, is among the winners of the 2013 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants.

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Mixtapes

Exploring Musical Communities with Vijay Iyer

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Grammy-nominated composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer defies genre both with his own solo and collaborative releases. His Mixtape highlights styles within and outside "classical" music.

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New Sounds

Collaborative Efforts

Sunday, June 02, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to "Tirtha," a collaboration between the South Indian guitarist Prasanna and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer.  Also, the venerable sax titan Charles Lloyd together with MacArthur “genius grant”-winning pianist Jason Moran, from a live performance on Soundcheck.  And more.

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New Sounds

Narration in Music

Saturday, February 02, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to the found sounds of narration from strange and wonderful recordings in music by the Books.  We'll hear from their release, "The Way Out," a playful and surreal effort recorded in the Books' home studios.

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