This is Vijay Iyer wishing you a great summer. I hope this finds you well. It's been a few months since I wrote, and a lot has happened that I didn't get to email you about. I've included some of the highlights down below.
But first: It's a stellar month for live music here in New York. I'm pleased to take part in it with a trio run at Birdland Jazz Club next week.
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 16-19 VIJAY IYER TRIO Vijay Iyer, piano Stephan Crump, bass Justin Brown (Wed-Th), Marcus Gilmore (Fri-Sat), drums BIRDLAND, 315 West 44th Street, NYC Sets at 8:30 and 11pm each night birdlandjazz.com tel 212-581-3080
I just made my first solo piano album, titled Solo. It will be released at the end of August on ACT Music + Vision. I had a nice trip back to the Bay Area's OTR Studios to record and mix it. Like the cover to last year's Historicity, this album cover features a sculpture by the contemporary artistAnish Kapoor.
In May I also resurrected my 2007 chamber orchestra piece Interventions in Los Angeles with the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra. The ensemble is made up of exceptional high school students from Idyllwild Arts Academy and local professionals from LA. I was blessed with two great performances of the work. And last weekend Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra ripped through my first big-band piece, Mad Hatter, at Symphony Space in NYC.
Nothing on this blog represents the position of Denver Seminary. I am a Christian, philosopher, teacher, writer, and preacher, who is Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary. My most recent of my twelve books is Philosophy in Seven Sentences. My magnum opus is Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2011). I have published ten others, including Truth Decay and On Jesus. I direct the Christian Apologetics and Ethics MA program at Denver Seminary.