Vijay Iyer, PhD

Vijay Iyer, PhD

Vijay Iyer is a polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Iyer received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the cognitive science of music from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published articles in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, and The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010. Iyer is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, The New School, and the School for Improvisational Music.

His trio album Historicity was nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and was named #1 album of the year in many publications, including the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll, the Village Voice Annual Jazz Critics Poll, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and others. He was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. His most recent honors include an unprecedented "quintuple crown" in the Down Beat International Critics Poll (winning Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Group of the Year, and Rising Star Composer categories), awarded in 2012.

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