VIJAY IYER & RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA
Thursday, September 26, 8 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall
$10, Five College/GCC/STCC Students and Youth 17 & under: $5
Raw Materials: Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa, two of the most celebrated artists of our time, have performed as a duo almost since their first meeting. "By now, there can be no doubt that pianist-composer Iyer stands among the most daringly original jazz artists of [his] generation," wrote Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. In an unprecedented series of wins, Iyer received top honors in five categories of the 2012 Down Beat International Critics Poll, including Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year (for Accelerando), Jazz Group of the Year (for the Vijay Iyer Trio), Pianist of the Year and Rising Star Composer. Guggenheim fellow and 2012 Downbeat International Critics Poll Alto Saxophonist of the Year, Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative composers and performers in jazz today, fusing the musical culture of his Indian ancestry and jazz with myriad other influences to create a groundbreaking artistic vision. The New York Times has hailed his "roving intellect and bladelike articulation."