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Pi Recordings is a New York-based record label dedicated to releasing innovative music by artists with unique and defining voices. Founded in 2001 with the release of two recordings of new music by Henry Threadgill, we have since been fortunate to work with some of the most influential composers and musicians in American music such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, James Blood Ulmer and Marc Ribot. At the same time, we are helping to nurture the voice of the best of this century’s young musicians. Artists like Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Liberty Ellman, Steve Lehman, Amir ElSaffar, and Corey Wilkes have all released CDs on Pi Recordings that document their growth as composers, improvisers and bandleaders.

We spotlight composers, improvisers and bandleaders who are pushing music in new, groundbreaking ways. Jazz artists have never had a wider musical palette at their disposal than now, and they are using it to create music that is more varied, profound and vibrant than ever before. Pi Recordings is here to capture what we recognize as the high points of these developments. The best of the best.

–Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang

Read a New York Times interview with Pi Recordings’ producers Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang here: Despite the Odds, a Jazz Label Finds a Way to Thrive.

Latest News

More Press for The Inner Spectrum of Variables

Tyshawn Sorey’s The Inner Spectrum of Variables is continuing to get rave reviews in the press.

“This is an astonishing, indefinable work that drags jazz and modern composition into an entirely new realm.”-The Wire

“The Inner Spectrum Of Variables is a hugely impressive and often moving work, establishing Sorey as a worthy heir to creative composers like Anthony Braxton and Henry Threadgill”-The Quietus

“This is one of those rare releases where one can say with confidence that something new and exciting is taking place. Sorey is fast becoming one of the most intriguing musicians and composers of his generation, and if this music is any indication, it signals the opportunity for more creative work to be done in bringing the worlds of classical and improvised music into closer contact.”-Free Jazz Blog

Tyshawn Sorey will be premiering a new work for his Alloy Trio at The Newport Jazz Festival on July 29th. We hope to see you there.

Tyshawn Sorey at the Stone and Another Review for His New Recording

Tyshawn Sorey will be in residency at The Stone this week. Come through and check out what the New York Times calls “a rare performance” and one of “10 Things to Do Now in NYC”

Additionally, Tyshawn Sorey’s new album The Inner Spectrum of Variables has been called “a highlight of the year” by Burning Ambulance. Check out the Full Review Here

New Recording from Steve Lehman

Steve Lehman’s ambitious new project SĂ©lĂ©bĂ©yone featuring rappers HPrizm and Gaston Bandimic with composition and production from Maciek Lasserre is almost here.

The second track from this recording “Are You In Peace?” was recently featured in Pitchfork.

“In finessing this range of linguistic dexterity and instrumental expression, the worldliness of the bandÂ’s performance amounts to a startling new take on the posse cut.”-Pitchfork

Check out the Full Review Here

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Upcoming Events

July 29

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI

July 29

Tyshawn Sorey

Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI

July 30

Marc Ribot

Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI

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