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Vijay Iyer To Hold Week-Long Residency at NYC's The Stone

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief / @i_ADH

Vijay Iyer once said he just likes making the things that he likes. Judging from the vast range he has shown in his body of work, that's a lot of stuff. Whittling the essence of Iyer into a single show is nigh-impossible. Fortunately, he'll have the chance to do so over a week of shows through a residency at Manhattan's The Stone from July 30th to August 4th. Iyer will be playing two sets a night at 8 & 10pm that week with different groups (none of whom are his standard trio of bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore who have continually wowed us with Iyer's trio albums over the years). The week of performances include a hodgepodge of folks including the likes of alto saxophonist Matana Roberts, bassist Harish Raghavan, drummer Justin Brown, rapper Himanshu Suri formerly of Das Racist, drummer/rapper/swagtorialist Kassa Overall, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, the Tirtha trio of Iyer, guitarist Prassana and tablaist Nitin Mitta, and many others.

Vijay Iyer Residency at The Stone July 30-Aug 4th
(All Sets at 8pm and 10pm)

Vijay Iyer, HPrizm aka High Priest and Matana Roberts
7/30 Tuesday

Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics) HPrizm aka High Priest (electronics) Matana Roberts (alto sax)

Vijay Iyer with Rajna Swaminathan and Marcus Gilmore
7/31 Wednesday

Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics) Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam, kanjira) Marcus Gilmore (drums)

Thums Up
8/1 Thursday

Vijay Iyer (keyboards, electronics) Himanshu Suri (lyrics) Rafiq Bhatia (guitar) Kassa Overall (drums)

8/2 Friday

Vijay Iyer (piano) Harish Raghavan (bass) Justin Brown (drums)

8/3 Saturday

Vijay Iyer (piano) Prasanna (guitar) Nitin Mitta (tabla)

Vijay Iyer with Mari Kimura and William Parker
8/4 Sunday

Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics) Mari Kimura (violin, electronics) William Parker (bass)

Vijay Iyer Will Also Perform with Trio 3
Featuring Saxophonist Oliver Lake, Bassist Reggie Workman,
& Drummer Andrew Cyrille
At Birdland Jazz Club
August 6th-10th

And since we're on the subject of the wide range of amazing Vijay Iyer projects, his long poured over Holding It Down Project, a long form work focused on telling the stories of veterans of the US wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and the impact on these veterans' lives, is set to release this September. Iyer's SoundCloud is already streaming some selections from the upcoming album which should give you an idea of what's to come. The jazz world has come to expect an amazing Vijay Iyer work a year lately and this one may be his most powerful and poignant yet.

excerpts from Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project