Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith

Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith

Courtesy of John Rogers and ECM Records Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith

Location Info:

Thorne Hall, Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd.
Eagle Rock, CA  90041
323-259-2785
Wadada Leo Smith is one of the grandmasters of free jazz, although the septuagenarian trumpeter takes issue with calling his improvisatory systems “free.” More than a decade ago, Smith invited a pianist 30 years his junior, Vijay Iyer, to join his Golden Quartet; Iyer would prove to be adept at his own systems of music. Today, Iyer is at the pinnacle of modern composition and improvisation, as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and Harvard professor. Now it’s Iyer’s turn to enlist his former mentor Wadada, with their latest collaboration for ECM, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke, an exquisitely patient collection of pieces inspired by the works of Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi. This rare (and free) show at Oxy will demonstrate how to bridge a generation gap through shared experience and collective inspiration.

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