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New Album From 'Genius' Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer10:02

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Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has won numerous awards for his work, including a MacArthur Fellowship or "genius grant."

He has also collaborated with artists in other fields, including writer and novelist Teju Cole, poet Robert Pinsky and hip-hop artist DJ Spooky.

The Vijay Iyer Trio - composed of Vijay Iyer, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore - has just released a new album, "Break Stuff."

"For me, it's about the stuff that happens in the breaks, in the moments when nothing is supposed to happen. That's when the most interesting stuff happens," Iyer told Here & Now's Robin Young.

Songs In This Segment

  • Vijay Iyer, “Break Stuff” performed by The Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Vijay Iyer, “Chorale” performed by The Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Thelonius Monk, “I Surrender Dear”
  • Thelonius Monk, “Work”
  • Thelonius Monk, “Work” performed by The Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Vijay Iyer, “Starlings” performed by The Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Vijay Iyer, “Geese” performed by The Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Billy Strayhorn, “Blood Count” performed by Vijay Iyer
  • Vijay Iyer, “Hood” performed by The Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Vijay Iyer, “Taking Flight” performed by The Vijay Iyer Trio
The Vijay Iyer Trio is Stephen Crump, Marcus Gilmore and Vijay Iyer. (Barbara Rigon via Facebook)
The Vijay Iyer Trio is Stephen Crump, Marcus Gilmore and Vijay Iyer. (Barbara Rigon via Facebook)

Guest

  • Vijay Iyer, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer. He's also a writer and a professor in the Harvard University Department of Music. He tweets @vijayiyer.

This segment aired on February 24, 2015.

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