Our 2018 annual meeting & dinner will be held on Wednesday May 2 from 5:30PM at the Hope Club. Please join us as we welcome acclaimed pianist, Jazz scholar and popular Harvard lesturer Vijay Iyer, along with incoming members of the Harvard Class of 2021!
A conversation with vijay iyer
Professor of the Arts, Harvard University, Department of Music,
where he founded its doctoral program in Cross-Disciplinary Music
Vijay Iyer's wide-ranging creative work and research has spanned the arts, the humanities, and the sciences. An active pianist, recording artist, bandleader, composer, improviser, and scholar, he has has released twenty-three albums of his original music on ECM Records, ACT Records, Sunnyside Records, Savoy Music, Pi Recordings, Artist House, and Asian Improv Records. His writings have appeared in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, Journal of the Society for American Music, Critical Studies in Improvisation, and in the anthologies Arcana IV, Sound Unbound, Uptown Conversation, The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010, and The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. His concert works are published by Schott Music. His recent honors include the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, a United States Artist Fellowship, the Alpert Award in the Arts, and the Downbeat Critics' Poll award for Jazz Artist of the Year in 2016, 2015, and 2012. He has served as Director of The Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music since 2013. He was the 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 2017 Jazz Artist in Residence at Wigmore Hall in London, and Musical Director for the 2017 Ojai Festival in Southern California. In 2014 Iyer joined the Harvard faculty as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music, where he founded its doctoral program in Cross-Disciplinary Music Studies and offers courses in critical studies and creative music-making.