Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey
The new trio of Vijay Iyer, one of the most brilliant pianists on the contemporary scene, is a small big band in which he is joined by two key figures in creative music, drummer Tyshawn Sorey and double bass player Linda May Han Oh.
“Uneasy” is the title of their first album for ECM, recorded in December 2019 after many live dates in the previous months. “We have an energy together that is very distinct. It has a different kind of propulsion, a different impulse and a different spectrum of colours.” This is how Iyer describes his trio, which is very different from the previous one, “Break Stuff”.
The trio pushes the boundaries of jazz music without ever losing its history. After all, Thelonious Monk is Iyer’s “number one hero”.
His mix of jazz culture and creativity, combined with social sensitivity, makes The Guardian write that Iyer’s is “spine-tingling jazz for heart, head and feet”. Iyer has already collaborated with the most creative musicians of the contemporary scene: Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, William Parker, John Zorn, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, as well as with filmmakers such as Haile Gerima, Prashant Bhargava e Bill Morrison, with choreographer Karole Armitage, and poets Mike Ladd and Amiri Baraka.
Tyshawn Sorey has been Iyer’s long-time collaborator since 2003 when they recorded “Blood Sutra”. They worked together for some recordings such as “Far From Over” five years ago.
Linda May Han Oh is Iyer’s new collaborator. However, their professional relationship developed over several years, for instance, in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Alberta, Canada. Linda has performed with Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, and Geri Allen.