"By now, there can be no doubt that pianist-composer Vijay Iyer stands among the most daringly original jazz artists of the under-40 generation," writes critic Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. Vijay Iyer has been described by the The Village Voice as "the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years," by The Boston Globe as "one of the most challenging and satisfying talents in jazz today," and by the L.A. Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star." Iyer's discography includes some of the most acclaimed recordings of the past decade. His latest, Historicity (ACT) featuring his trio, is widely considered one of 2009's best albums. Iyer recently won the Downbeat Magazine International Critics' Poll in the Rising Star Jazz Artist, Composer and Pianist categories. He was also named Up & Coming Musician of the Year in the JJA Jazz Awards, and has graced the covers of five international music magazines. He received the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous composer commissions. In addition to his work as a bandleader, Iyer has collaborated with Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Ethel, Dead Prez, Burnt Sugar, Karsh Kale, Talvin Singh, DJ Spooky, John Zorn, High Priest, Imani Winds and many others.