“The intensity of the ensemble’s active engagement with the political zeitgeist on an ugly American morning helped to make [Blind Spot] seem all the more valuable.” —The Guardian
Vijay Iyer and Teju Cole's powerful new collaboration, Blind Spot, based on Cole’s new work of the same name, investigates humanity’s blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history by combining photography and Cole’s own voice with a live score composed by Iyer. The performance also features trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, mallet percussionist Patricia Brennan and cellist Tomeka Reid.
Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer was named Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2018. The New York Times observed that “There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.”
Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer and the photography critic for The New York Times Magazine. He is also the author of four books, each in a different genre: the novella Every Day Is for the Thief, the novel Open City, the essay collection Known and Strange Things and, most recently, the genre-defying Blind Spot.
Funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation multi-year grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts.
Vijay Iyer Photo Credit: Barbara Rigon
Teju Cole Photo Credit: Martin Lengemann