Release Date: Mar 8, 2011
Record label: Act Music + Vision
Genre(s): Jazz, Avant-Garde, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, International, Modern Creative, Progressive Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Structured Improvisation, Indian Subcontinent Traditions, Carnatic, Indian Classical
With last August's fine album, Solo, Vijay Iyer took a look at the jazz tradition in some radical but recognisable appraisals of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Tirtha (the word means "crossing") visits his roots as an Indian-American, examined in a trio collaboration with electric guitarist and composer Prasanna and tabla-player Nitin Mitta. But this is no routine Indo-jazz merging of postbop phrasing and Carnatic or Hindustani classical grooves.
Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer cut five albums in 2010 in various ensemble and solo settings. He was also was nominated for a Grammy for 2009's stellar Historicity. To kick off 2011, Iyer releases the much-anticipated Tirtha project; the debut recording of a new band that came together for the first time in 2007. Tirtha features Iyer on piano, virtuoso Nitin Mitta on tablas, and guitarist-composer Prasanna.