Vijay Iyer
photo credit: Ebru Yildiz

Vijay Iyer teaches at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Music and the Department of African and African American Studies. Described by The New York Times as a “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway,” composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has released two dozen albums, including seven on ECM Records. He has collaborated with Amiri Baraka, Wadada Leo Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, Teju Cole, Tyshawn Sorey, Pamela Z, Henry Threadgill, Zakir Hussain, Jennifer Koh, Matt Haimovitz, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and many other artists across disciplines. He received a MacArthur Fellowship, a U.S. Artists Fellowship, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the Alpert Award in the Arts, and two German Echo Awards, and was the four-time Jazz Artist of the Year in the DownBeat International Critics’ Poll.