Vijay Iyer To Team With ECM Records
Posted 11/1/2013

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has announced a new collaboration with leading jazz label ECM Records. Iyer, who was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in September, will release Mutations on March 4, 2014. The album was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York with producer Manfred Eicher.

The new CD will feature solo piano pieces performed by Iyer. Mutations will also showcase a 10-movement suite, titled “Mutations I–X,” for string quartet, piano and laptop, featuring violinists Miranda Cuckson and Michi Wiancko, violist Kyle Armbrust and cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman.

Future collaborations between Iyer and ECM are also in the works, including a duo project with pianist Craig Taborn and a recording by the Vijay Iyer Trio.

Iyer topped five categories in DownBeat’s 2012 Critics Poll, including Jazz Artist of the Year, top Pianist and Rising Star–Composer. The Vijay Iyer Trio also earned best Jazz Group honors and won Jazz Album of the Year for Accelerando (ACT Music + Vision).

“I’ve listened to recordings on ECM since I was a teenager, and in recent years have avidly followed the label’s contemporary classical and chamber music releases and the latest projects by my peers,” Iyer said. “It’s a thrill to join the ECM ranks, especially for the chance to present aspects of my work that most listeners have not yet heard.”

Eicher founded ECM in 1969, and the label has issued more than 1,200 albums to date, including discs by Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek and dozens of other artists.

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