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Where are humanity’s blind spots? Where are yours? Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and writer/photographer Teju Cole‘s powerful new collaboration, Blind Spot, investigates our blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history. Cole’s striking photography as well as his own voice will be accompanied by a live score composed by Iyer and performed with bassist Linda Oh and mallet percussionist Patricia Brennan. Blind Spot will also include text from Cole’s newly released book of the same title.
Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was named Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2012, 2015, and 2016. He received a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and a 2011 Grammy nomination.
He has released twenty-one albums, including A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (ECM, 2016) in duo with legendary composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork; Break Stuff (ECM, 2015) with the Vijay Iyer Trio, winner of the German Record Critics’ Award for Album of the Year; the live score to the film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (ECM, 2014) by filmmaker Prashant Bhargava; and Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (Pi Recordings, 2013), his third politically searing collaboration with poet-performer Mike Ladd, named Album of the Year in the Los Angeles Times.
Iyer is the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University, and the director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.
Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer, and the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. He is 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.
His work has been translated into sixteen languages. His honors include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis from the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Windham Campbell Prize from Yale University, and the Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Cole’s photography has been exhibited in India, Iceland, and the US, published widely, and was the subject of a solo exhibition in Italy in the spring of 2016. His debut exhibition in New York City is being presented by the Steven Kasher Gallery through August 11.