Vijay Iyer is a New York-based pianist, composer, improviser, producer, and occasional academic. He tours worldwide with his various projects, and has released twelve albums as a leader or co-leader. Most commonly associated with jazz, he has also composed orchestral and chamber works; scored for film, theater, radio and television; collaborated with poets and choreographers; and joined forces with artists in hip-hop, rock, experimental, electronic, and Indian classical musics. Iyer received the Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Capital, the Cary Charitable Trust, American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer. His writings appear in Music Perception, Current Musicology, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Critical Studies in Improvisation, Journal of the Society for American Music, and the anthologies Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies and Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture.