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Big Ears, Vijay Iyer: This is what music is all about

Ebru Yildiz

It's the first day of Big Ears today, Thursday March 30 and New York composer pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the stars with three concerts over the course of the festival: Thursday 30, it's jazz with the Vijay Iyer trio with Linda May Han oh and Tyshawn Sorey; Friday 31, his much anticipated new album Love in Exile with vocalist Arooj Aftab and Shahzad Ismaily; and finally April 1, works for piano and strings with the Grammy award winning Parker Quartet. Here he talks to Charlotte Wilson about his three new albums, his influences, being true to yourself, and the vulnerability of performing