Wednesday, April 02
06:30pm - 08:00pm
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Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public
Vijay Iyer, who counts architecture as a “recurring point of reference, as a constructed (‘composed’) space that invites improvised acts,” will speak on this theme at the GSD, a few weeks after his performance at Sanders Theater in March with Robert Pinsky, the former US Poet Laureate, in a duet called POEMJAZZ. Composer, pianist, and producer—and a widely published writer on music and mathematics—Iyer holds an interdisciplinary PhD in the cognitive science of music. In 2012 he won in four categories of the JazzTimes Critics Poll, along with the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and Greenfield Prize, among other distinctions. Among his sixteen albums as a leader, Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and he received an Echo Award for International Pianist of the Year in 2013. Iyer is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and as of 2014, he is the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt professor of the arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.
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