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Focus on Vijay Iyer in London : a solo piano recital, a concerto premiere (and a prize draw)

“There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer .” New York Times

Two imminent London events will show something of that range. In anticipation we have a prize draw with a difference…

Vijay Iyer. Publicity photo by Ebru Yildiz

Saturday 1 October – Royal Festival Hall

The London Philharmonic Orchestra will give the world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s new cello concerto, Human Archipelago in a concert conducted by Edward Gardner . Iyer will attend the rehearsals and the concert.

NOTE (based on text supplied by the LPO): The piece is inspired by a collection of images and texts by Iyer’s friend writer Teju Cole and photographer Fazal Sheikh. The themes here are climate change and migration and the piece fits into the orchestra’s main season theme this year “A Place to Call Home”.

There is also a 10pm free-admission performance in the Clore Ballroom – details

LINK: LPO/ RFH bookings

 Saturday 8 October – Kings Place

Vijay Iyer is doing a solo piano recital as part of the London Piano Festival

LINK: Details/ Bookings

Wednesday 21 September – LondonJazz News newsletter prize draw

Courtesy of Schott music publishers we are able to offer a copy of Vijay Iyer’s 2021 solo piano piece “For My Father” a commission from DaCamera in Houston and premiered in May 2022 by its artistic director Sarah Rothenberg. Vijay Iyer has shared the video of the premiere on Facebook

The piece is marked : “In memoriam Y. Raghunathan (1933–2021)” It runs for 10 minutes and is in two parts:

1) Prelude: Orison (“In Prayer”) and 2) Fugue: Upastuti (“In Praise”) .

LINK: Vijay Iyer’s website

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