The Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) Sextet is a group of generation-defining, virtuoso improvisers – horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners bassist Stephan Crump and one of a revolving cast of stellar drummers -- Tyshawn Sorey, Marcus Gilmore, and Jeremy Dutton -- who leverage a wealth of jazz history even as they push it boldly forward.
The music ranges from the explosive to the elegiac, incorporating melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit. Iyer has been working with the members of this sextet for close to 20 years in a number of different configurations and Far From Over, Iyer's newest ECM Records release, represents something of a culmination of that work while also furthering his prolific and diverse artistry.
Throughout Far From Over, the pianist plays off the melodic-rhythmic possibilities of the material, orchestrating the horns as textural commentary. In creating his sextet music, Iyer tends to “build from the rhythm first, from the identity of the groove,” he explains. “Many of the rhythms come from folk music – from West African drumming, Indian classical music, or South Indian folk rhythms.”
Iyer has released twenty albums covering remarkably diverse terrain. He has been voted DownBeat Magazine's Artist of the Year four times - in 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2012. He was named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.
This performance is supported in part by the CAC’s JazzNet Endowment Fund, made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.