Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn Converge for Troy Concert

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Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn
  • Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn

Say wow, jazz fans. On October 29, two of today’s top pianists, Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, will take time out from their hectic solo schedules and meet at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) for a rare—and sure-to-be mind-blowing—improvised duo performance.

For Iyer, an Albany native who teaches music at Harvard, the concert represents a return to his Capital Region roots. A MacArthur Fellow, Doris Duke Performing Artist, Grammy nominee, and three-time Down Beat magazine Artist of the Year, he’s recorded 20 albums, most recently for the revered ECM label. Like Iyer, Taborn regularly performs solo, leads his own bands, and has topped many a Down Beat and Jazz Times poll; he’s also found frequent work as a sideman, appearing on over 100 recordings by the likes of Dave Holland, James Carter, Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Frisell, Evan Parker, Paul Motian, Tim Berne, and others.

Here’s a taste of the pair performing in 2013:

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn will perform at EMPAC in Troy, New York, on October 29 at 8pm. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (518) 276-3921 or visit http://empac.rpi.edu/.

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