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REVIEW: Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith, 'A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke,' ECM Records >>

Genius sometimes has its limitations. In the case of brilliant pianist Vijay Iyer and his self-admitted hero, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, you have to turn your insides out to get behind what they're laying down on 'A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke.' Usually, everything, and I mean everything, on this great German label headed by the esteemed Manfred Eicher, is worth worth listening to. Yet I had trouble with this one.

Ojai Music Festival Announce Esa-Pekka Salonen & Barbara Hannigan as New Music Directors

Ojai Music Festival Announce Esa-Pekka Salonen & Barbara Hannigan as New Music Directors >>

The Ojai Music Festival has announced a new slew of music directors for the next five seasons leading to its 75th anniversary in 2021. Among the new directorial staff appointees are Vijay Iyer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Barbara Hannigan, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Mitsuka Uchida.

Garrison Institute 'Insight And Impact' Benefit

John Luther Adams Named Composer in Residence for 2016 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville >>

It's that time of year again and the 2016 Big Ears fest in Knoxville, Tennessee is upon us. A lineup has been announced for the festival, which takes place March 31 to April 2. On that list are John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Vijay Iyer, Yo La Tengo and more. The festival is for the neo-classical and the avant-garde. As is customary with the festival, a Composer in Residence is given the most time over the course of 3 days. This year's is none other than the Pulitzer-prize winner John Luther Adams.

Winter JazzFest Kicks Off at (Le) Poisson Rouge with Blue Note Now!, Kris Davis's Infrasound, Vijay Iyer and More to Follow

Winter JazzFest Kicks Off At (Le) Poisson Rouge with Blue Note Now!, Kris Davis's Infrasound, Vijay Iyer and More to Follow >>

The 2015 Winter JazzFest in New York City has been a staple of the musical underbelly of the city for years. From Jan. 8-10, thus, the NYC Winter JazzFest takes over our favorite downtown dwellings like (Le) Poisson Rouge, SubCulture and more.

EXCLUSIVE Vijay Iyer Talks 'RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi' Performance at BAM Dec. 18-20 and Prashant Bhargava Silent Film

EXCLUSIVE: Vijay Iyer Talks 'RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi' at BAM, Prashant Bhargava Silent Film >>

A Classicalite favorite, Vijay Iyer, has recently been experimenting with new sounds on his latest LP Mutations. And with an upcoming stint at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) entitled RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi from Dec. 18-20, Iyer is demonstrating that the MacArthur Genius' music is forming a language all its own.

2014 MacArthur 'Genius Grants' Honor Major Heavyweight Saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, Among Others

2014 MacArthur 'Genius Grants' Honor Major Heavyweight Saxophonist Steve Coleman >>

Among the various 2014 MacArthur 'Genius Grants' is prime-time heavyweight saxophonist Steve Coleman, the 57-year-old who was honored for his "infusing iconic spontaneous music idioms with the melodic, rhythmic and structural components of an eclectic range of musical traditions."

62nd Annual DownBeat Mag Critic's Poll Results Are In, Jane Ira Bloom and Vijay Iyer Among the Top Winners in Jazz

62nd Annual DownBeat Mag Critics Poll Results Are In, Jane Ira Bloom and Vijay Iyer Among Top Winners in Jazz >>

The DownBeat Critics Poll is the quintessential list for jazz heavyweights and serious contenders in the music world. This year, Jane Ira Bloom won soprano saxophonist of the year (and #8 jazz album of the year).

MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein Does One-Off Performance at New York Philharmonic Biennial in Matthias Pintscher's 'Reflections in Narcissus'

MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein Does One-Off Performance at New York Philharmonic Biennial in Matthias Pintscher's 'Reflections in Narcissus' >>

The MacArthur genius grant, obviously, is not just a random token dealt to the moderately remarkable. A few MacArthur genius' have passed through Classicalite, like Vijay Iyer, and this time is no different.

Genius Pianist Vijay Iyer and Trio Making Jazz at Lincoln Center Debut in the Allen Room >>

Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer might just be the kind of badass we need in our lives. Not only has he garnered numerous citations--DownBeat's International Critics' Poll awarded him Jazz Artist of the Year and Pianist of the Year, to name but two--but he's also slated to become a professor at Harvard University soon. Lest we forget, too, he just won that John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.

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