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Tirtha - Vijay Iyer [Import]

Vijay Iyer Audio CD
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Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," by The New Yorker as one of "today's most important pianists… extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic," and by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply ... Read more in Amazon's Vijay Iyer Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Act Music
  • ASIN: B004EAL1Z0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. DualityVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 5:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tribal WisdomVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta11:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. TirthaVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 7:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. AbundanceVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 7:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. FalsehoodVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 6:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. GauntletVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. PolytheismVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 5:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. RemembranceVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 6:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Entropy And TimeVijay Iyer with Prasanna & Nitin Mitta 7:560.99  Buy MP3 


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Individually, Indian-American pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, Chennai-born guitarist-composer Prasanna, and Hyderabad native and tabla player Nitin Mitta are already highly accomplished artists who shift easily among multiple musical languages. Together, they have achieved a fully realized, deeply thoughtful, and truly innovative collaboration. Combining the elemental directness of rock, the chamber-like intimacy of raga, and bebop s hard, angular drive, Tirtha achieves a profound interplay of melody and rhythm that characterizes the best jazz. These artists musical and cultural experiences are part of their creative DNA. Immediately, for example, you hear the distinctly South Indian, meticulous ornamentations of Prasanna s guitar in dialogue with Iyer s gloriously spacious harmonic palette, and Mitta s superbly crisp Hindustani (north Indian classical) grooves and virtuosic, grounding presence. You hear familiar structural elements of jazz, Hindustani, and Carnatic music. However, the group completely shuns any musical clichés or previously heard fusions of those genres. Instead you hear a band with ideas: the Reich-like rhythmic shifts of the driving opener Duality ; the rhythmic vocalizing and drummed responses on Tribal Wisdom ; Abundance, an Ellingtonian hymn with Carnatic nuances; the surprise post-punk anthem Gauntlet ; the subtle majesty of the title track; the shimmering melodies of Entropy and Time. The pieces (alternately composed by Iyer and Prasanna) methodically open up to reveal the beating heart of the band s improvisations: dynamic, astonishingly alive, with a deep sense of purpose.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Spontaneous and imaginative. 18 April 2011
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With last August's fine album, "Solo", Vijay Iyer took a look at the jazz tradition in some radical but recognisable appraisals of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.
"Tirtha" (the word means "crossing") visits his roots as an Indian-American, examined in a trio collaboration with electric guitarist and composer Prasanna and tabla-player Nitin Mitta.
But this is no routine Indo-jazz merging of postbop phrasing and Carnatic or Hindustani classical grooves.
The three fuse their influences through many other catalysts, including Reichian minimalism and rock. Despite not having met before the 2007 concert that commissioned this venture, they quickly identified their shared languages.
There are staccato, rhythm-pattern vocals joined by jazz-piano chord vamps, humming themes (like the title track) that unfold over pliable tabla sounds, rockish piano/guitar jangles (like the brief, post-punkish Gauntlet), and Ellingtonian rhapsodies.
Iyer and his partners sound like a spontaneous ensemble from the outset - not self-conscious participants in a fusion experiment. J. Fordham

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz evolution, continued. 9 Mar 2011
By V. Krishnamurthy - Published on Amazon.com
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In keeping with Whitney Balliet's credo about the sound of surprise - the whole album keeps you in a heightened sense of anticipation throughout - both within and across different tunes. I've followed Vijay Iyer since his Bay Area emergence, and Prasanna since forever, from back in Chennai when he would hold college crowds in thrall. The song forms and directions that Iyer and Prasanna choose, are closest to Indian music (particularly Carnatic). All tunes are full of intertwined, complex, independently developing thoughts where you can just as easily focus on one at a time or step back and hear the striking union of these ideas. However, they're unmistakably jazz in the comping choices that Iyer and Prasanna make throughout. Mitta grounds all this with simpatico playing that is in the end, melodic more than anything else - which is the way all Indian mridangam and tabla masters are taught to approach their instruments. There are too many attention grabbing passages throughout - from the polyrhythmic opening of duality, to the odd-meter but very palpable groove of tribal wisdom, and the grandeur of the title tune, as well as the pallavi-influenced elasticity of 'entropy and time'. Prasanna has by now mastered the seemingly impossible art of fitting raga phraseology into very tight harmonic spaces (as evidenced in the head of nearly every tune), while Iyer clearly knows and relishes the rhythmic possibilities of carnatic music in his liberal use of korvais throughout. the best part about all this, is that it sounds utterly, convincingly new and unlike anything i've heard in the recent past. Here's hoping for more from them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Splendid 18 Mar 2011
By Hans Sebald Beham - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great album by Vijay Iyer. But this one is so different from the others. Easier on the ears, but in no way less complex. The combination of three instruments weaving around each other is breathtaking: Prasanna's magical lines (you've never heard a guitar sound this sinuous) and Nitin Mitta's easygoing tabla making them at home with Iyer's pianism.

At several moments you find yourself thinking of Iyer's playing: is this guy really self-taught? The musical ideas are matched to the utmost by the pianistic ability on this meditative but in no way sedate album.

What a wonderful privilege it is to watch this immensely gifted musician continue to develop. Each of his last several albums has been in its own way perfect. This one deserves the widest audience possible: fans of jazz, fans of Indian music, fans of chamber music, fans of world music.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vijay plays traditional Indian music 27 Mar 2011
By Scott Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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The music on Tirtha is quite different from Vijay's previous releases. However, one thing that remains consistent is Vijay's dramatic, dense, and innovative piano playing. On Tirtha, Vijay teams up with Prasanna (guitar) and Nitin Mitta (tabla) to play traditional Indian music. While the music is technically Indian music and not jazz, Vijay playing gives it the feeling of jazz. The album has some similarities to recent Rudresh Mahanthappa releases, Kinsmen and Apti, in that it features a modern jazz star playing Indian music. However, the mood of the album is a bit different. The lack of a horn, plus the all-acoustic band gives the album more of a meditative, trancelike feel to it. It has a very spiritual quality to it. The tabla of Mitta blends perfectly with Vijay's piano, and the snakelike, almost sitar sounding guitar lines of Prasanna. When I first saw the trio lineup I wondered if the sound would be too thin with only 3 musicians. This concern was quickly dispelled within minutes of listening. Vijay has such a full-bodied sound on the piano; I actually think he is best heard in a trio setting.

Song Highlights:

Duality - Right off the bat the album gets off to a great start with duality. This is a fantastic composition by Vijay and the combo of rhythmatic textures of the piano lines and tabla are just riveting. Vijay's solo adds an ultra modern sound that fits perfectly over the traditional Indian music backdrop. Prasanna follows it up with a great meandering guitar solo.

Abundance - The mood on this track is quiet, reflective, and subdued. Prasanna is just magnificent on the guitar throughout it. Prasanna's emotion backed guitar solo just builds and builds. Towards the end it almost sounds like something Pink Floyd would have done, yet it fits in perfectly in the Indian context.

Tribal Wisdom - This song starts with Prasana vocalizing the beats in traditional form (I wish I knew what this was called). After this very traditional beginning the song quickly transforms into something more modern, very upbeat, and also rock like. With a backdrop that might get your head bobbing, Prasana assaults some scales with what sounds like a very modal solo.

A must have for Vijay Iyer fans. Also, I think if you are a fan of the recent collaborations of Rudresh Mahanthappa and Rez Abassi, you should give this a try. While it is different, I'm sure you'll like it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll miss you "Natural Elements" 22 Aug 2012
By PDX-ish guy - Published on Amazon.com
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heretofore this album, two of my short list recordings have been "My Goals Beyond" and "Natural Elements" by John McLaughlin and Shakti.
Thanks to this recording, something is getting pushed off the list. Maybe I'm too close to it, being both a huge admirer of Indian music (or more accurately, north Indian classical) as well as a jazz musician, but I love this record. I NEVER would have thought one could pull off piano in this type of polytonal music, but: BZZZT! WRONG.
This is a great cross pollination of at least superficially seemingly very divergent musical forms, but Vijay Iyer and his cohorts bridge (ha) the boundaries with amazing sensitivity and backbone.
Hmmm...I guess that's why he called it "Tirtha"
Don't get it? Buy the CD, read the liner notes, and you'll get it.
Huge record for me. Love it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMHO the best jazz\fusion jazz album of the year 1 Oct 2011
By Sirsturm - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this trio live about 1 year ago and have been eagerly awaiting the release of this album.It is a stellar example of mainstream and fusion jazz combined into one album. Vijay Iyer has been consistently releasing great albums in mainstay piano jazz and is now a well know name for the those who follow that genre. I have been a huge fan of Prasanna's style of the fusion of Carnatic (Indian Classical) guitar with modern jazz for a while. The combined efforts of these artists does live up to the hype. Check out 'Falsehood' as an example of modern jazz styling and 'Entropy & Time' for fusion jazz.
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