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Vijay Iyer Prasanna Nitin Mitta Tirtha at the Wexner Center on Saturday

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by Mark Subel on February 27, 2012

The Wexner center presents jazz pianist Vijay Iyer with his collaborative trio Tirtha, for Vijay Iyer Prasanna Nitin Mitta
Tirtha this Saturday March 3rd at 8pm. The collaborative trio Tirtha (pronounced TEER-tha), which released a fantastic CD of the same name, features jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, teamed with guitarist Prasanna, and Nitin Mitta on tablas. Drawing inspiration from the Carnatic traditions of Indian classical music, Tirtha also has immense jazz chops that push the band’s dynamic, organic musical explorations in ever-inventive ways.

As the Guardian says, “this is no routine Indo-jazz merging of postbop phrasing and Carnatic or Hindustani classical grooves.” Here’s more from that glowing review: “The three fuse their influences through many other catalysts, including Reichian minimalism and rock. There are staccato, rhythm-pattern vocals joined by jazz-piano chord vamps; humming themes; rockish piano/guitar jangles; and Ellingtonian rhapsodies. Iyer and his partners sound like a spontaneous ensemble from the outset—not self-conscious participants in a fusion experiment.”

“Tirtha is a triumph; it is a high-water mark in hearing the constantly evolving discussion between jazz and Indian music.”—All Music

Vijay Iyer Prasanna Nitin Mitta Tirtha
Sat, Mar 3, 2012 | 8:00PM
Wexner Center Performance Space
Visit Vijay Iyer on the web: http://www.vijay-iyer.com/

Here is a sneak peek at the band:

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