Vijay Iyer Discusses an "Antidote to Isolation"
Oct. 01, 2020
Acclaimed composer and performer Vijay Iyer sat down with Steinway to discuss the role of music and connection during a time when social distancing is necessary. He aptly notes, "Music is a reminder of how we are social beings. It’s a reminder of how we are among each other, how we listen to each other, how we empathize with one another through sound. It’s a reminder of our mutual embodiment."
(Vijay Iyer discusses the Biological Foundations of Music with the NYU MusEdLab)
Vijay Iyer has continued to compose during this period. He says, "...during this time, I sometimes just record myself playing very unstructured impromptus, sort of like automatic writing. I just record myself doing something spontaneous, and I’ve accumulated a series of these videos. They’ve become an unfiltered musical diary of these months, just to remind myself that there’s something within that I’m not sure how to talk about yet. It’s kind of like internal work that I’m doing, and sometimes letting the outside world experience it, too."
Read the full interview here.
Listen to Vijay Iyer's Torque (2018):
(Sō Percussion performs Vijay Iyer's TORQUE at Koerner Hall in Toronto)
To learn more about Vijay Iyer, visit: schott-music.com.