Midtown Series
 Fridays at 8pm

 Signature Series
 Saturdays at 8pm
 Oakland Series
 Sundays at 3pm

Fri, Sept. 16, 2016
 Vijay Iyer, piano
 solo jazz concert

Sat, Sept. 17, 2016
 Brentano String Quartet
 Vijay Iyer, piano

Sat, Oct. 8, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 at Seligman

Sun, Oct. 9, 2016
 Juilliard String Quartet
 Tian Tian, piano

Fri, Oct. 21, 2016
 Harlem Quartet
 Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Sun, Nov. 13, 2016
 Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
 Kevin Murphy, piano

Sat, Nov. 19, 2016
 Alexander Ghindin, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
 Cavani Quartet
 Celino Romero, guitar

Fri, Dec. 9, 2016
 Robert Siemers, piano
 solo piano recital

Fri, Jan. 20, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet

Sat, Jan. 21, 2017
 Pacifica Quartet
 Christopher O'Riley, piano

Sun, Jan. 22, 2017
 Christopher O'Riley, piano
 solo piano recital

Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
 Danish String Quartet

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Classically Improvised"

Sun, Mar. 12, 2017
 Imani Winds
 "Tradition and Innovation"

Sun, Apr. 2, 2017
 Celino Romero & Friends

Sat, Apr. 8, 2017
 Anthony Marwood, violin
 Aleksandar Madzar, piano

Fri, May 5, 2017
 Lise de la Salle, piano
 solo piano recital


1 Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer, piano

Friday, September 16, 2016, 8pm

480 W Hancock, Midtown Detroit
Old Main Building, Wayne State University

$5 Advance Parking available: here

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork Mag. as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today.” His impressive list of honors and awards includes Downbeat Magazine’s 2015 and 2016 Artist of the Year, Downbeat’s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist, and, in 2014, an appointment as Professor of the Arts at Harvard University. 

Vijay Iyer was born in Albany, New York to Indian émigré parents, began playing the violin at age 3, and eventually gravitated to the piano, teaching himself to play.  He got his bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Yale University, a master’s in Physics and a Ph.D. in Arts and Technology from the University of California Berkley, all the while continuing to play piano.  Not long after completing his degree, he began devoting himself completely to music, and has gone on to become an internationally renowned pianist, ensemble leader and composer. 

Despite his strikingly original and modernist sound, Iyer sees his pianism as part of a stylistic continuum stretching from 1920’s Harlem ‘stride’ pianist James P. Johnson to Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner.  Iyer has released twenty albums covering remarkably diverse terrain with his trio, his quartet, as a soloist and as sideman with a host of renowned musicians; his most recent release is on the ECM label.  The New York Times observes, “There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.”

“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.” 

Studio 360/National Public Radio


Iyer: Solo jazz and improvisational works