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Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, January 2, at 10 a.m. 

“Vijay Iyer could be the poster boy for twenty-first-century jazz: omnivorous in his musical interests, socially and politically aware, his powers as a pianist, composer, and bandleader ever expanding.”—The New Yorker 

To conclude his residency at USC, Vijay Iyer—a celebrated pianist, composer, collaborator, and tenured professor at Harvard University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Music and the Department of African and African American Studies—will discuss his process, art, career, and more.  

The residency will also include a performance by Iyer on Tuesday, February 25.

Vijay Iyer, Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University, is a musician and scholar who has been described by the New York Times as a “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker, and multicultural gateway.” The composer-pianist has earned a place as one of the leading music-makers of his generation. Iyer’s honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a United States Artists Fellowship, and the Alpert Award in the Arts. His newest album, Compassion, features his acclaimed trio with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Linda May Han Oh. His lush, expansive collaboration with Arooj Aftab and Shahzad Ismaily, Love in Exile, received two GRAMMY nominations and was named among the best albums of the year in Pitchfork and the New York Times. Iyer’s scholarship dwells at the intersections of music studies, Black studies, and the sciences. 

Related event: 

Vijay Iyer in Concert 
Tuesday, February 25, 2025, at 7:30 p.m. 
Newman Recital Hall  
For more info, click HERE

Presented by USC Visions and Voices. Organized by Erin Graff Zivin (Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature) and Jonathan Leal (English). Co-sponsored by the USC Dornsife Experimental Humanities Lab.

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

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