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Orpheus & Vijay Iyer Trio Ellington, Elfman & Iyer

The 92nd Street Y | New York, NY

JUL 16 2023 | 5:00PM
Vijay Iyer credit Lena Adasheva
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The Program

Concert Duration: 2 hours (includes intermission)

  • Vijay Iyer

    Emergence, for jazz trio and orchestra (New York premiere)

  • Ellington (arr. Paul Chihara)

    Ellington Fantasy
    I’m Beginning to See the Light
    Sophisticated Lady
    Take the “A” Train
    Mood Indigo

  • Danny Elfman

    Suite for Chamber Orchestra (New York premiere)

Vijay Iyer credit Lena Adasheva

One of the leading musical minds of his generation in jazz and far beyond, composer and pianist Vijay Iyer joins Orpheus for the New York premiere of "Emergence" – Iyer’s mesmerizing suite for chamber orchestra and jazz trio. Also on the program: Paul Chihara’s artful reimaginings for strings of four classic Ellington songs, and the New York premiere of Suite for Chamber Orchestra by legendary film music composer Danny Elfman.


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 … A triumph of small-group interchange and fertile invention. The New York Times One of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today. Pitchfork

About the artists


Vijay Iyer – piano
Linda May Han Oh – double bass
Tyshawn Sorey – drums

By overwhelming consensus, the VIJAY IYER TRIO has become one of the pivotal jazz bands of the twenty-first century. Described as “the best piano trio in jazz today” (Der Spiegel), “the great new jazz piano trio” (The New York Times), “truly astonishing” (NPR), and “the best band in jazz” (PopMatters), the trio makes “cutting-edge music, but always accessible” (The Guardian) – emotionally resonant and deeply interactive, radiating groove and brimming with polyrhythmic detail, rooted in tradition yet truly innovative in style and form.

Uneasy (2021) Vijay’s trio record with Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey on ECM Records, was named one of the best albums of 2021 in Pitchfork, The New Yorker, JazzTimes, The Boston Globe, PopMatters, BrooklynVegan, and the annual jazz critics’ poll housed at The Arts Fuse, among many others!

Across Europe in the Autumn of 2021, the band played to sold-out venues and jazz festivals in Berlin, Mannheim, London, Rome, Istanbul, and Barcelona, and the group was met with an exuberant response by the audiences and the press alike. London Jazz News spoke of an “extraordinary gig”, The Blue Moment called the group at “the peak of their art” and the German daily Mannheimer Morgen concurred, going as far as calling Vijay’s band “the new standard when it comes to piano trios”. Reviewing Vijay’s performance at the Berlin Jazz festival, the Tagesspiegel called the pianist’s musical concept and the trio’s interaction “none other than impressive”, while the FAZ observed the pianist “operating as emotionally and sensually as one imagines a combination of Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk, and Keith Jarrett would”, drawing the conclusion that “with Vijay’s trio, there’s magic at play”.

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