Postponed: Vijay Iyer Trio to Perform at YSU

EDITOR’S NOTE: This show has been postponed, according to an announcement Nov. 2 from Youngstown State University. A rescheduled date will be announced soon. Previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new date.

YOUNGSTOWN – Acclaimed freeform jazz artist Vijay Iyer will come to Youngstown State University on Nov. 4 for a concert at Kilcawley Center’s Chestnut Room.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $20 ($15 for senior citizens, $5 for youths, and $15 for YSU faculty and staff) and can be purchased in advance HERE.

A pianist and composer, Iyer’s trio has been voted Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year four times in the last decade. He has been praised by Pitchfork as “one of the best in the world at what he does,” by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.”

Iyer’s musical language is grounded in the rhythmic traditions of south Asia and west Africa, the African American creative music movement of the ’60s and ’70s, and the lineage of composer-pianists from Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk to Alice Coltrane and Geri Allen.

He has released 24 albums, most recently “Uneasy” (2021), a trio session with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Linda May Han Oh, and is also an active composer for classical ensembles and soloists.

“Uneasy” was one of the best-reviewed albums of last year, earning glowing raves from Pitchfork (Best New Music), the New Yorker, NPR Music, Jazz Times, his fourth Downbeat Magazine cover and more.

At his YSU concert, Iyer will perform music from “Uneasy” and new music.

A Harvard University professor, Iyer and his trio performed at the Newport Jazz and Detroit Jazz Festivals over the summer.

He was recently featured in Pitchfork’s recurring Music That Made Me series and premiered a new commissioned work entitled “Ghosts Everywhere I Go” in April at Chicago’s Logan Center For The Arts. His new cello concerto – “Human Archipelago” – made its world premiere on Oct. 1 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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