(Group) Fieldwork

FIELDWORK is a collective of three widely celebrated young composer-performers:pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Steve Lehman (formerly Aaron Stewart), and drummer Tyshawn Sorey (formerly Elliot Humberto Kavee). Fieldwork’s music reflects each member’s ties to the American jazz tradition, modern composition, African and South Asian musics, underground hip-hop and electronica, and the influential music of Chicago’s A.A.C.M.. Fieldwork’s intensely collaborative rehearsal process resembles that of a rock band: they use group improvisation to develop and expand their intricate compositions into something larger than the sum of its parts. The result is a dense yet visceral musical world — tightly unified ensemble playing, extroverted and high-impact, but with a mysterious inner logic.

“Highly emotional, cutting edge and accessible, Fieldwork’s music mixes varied densities, changing meters and musical clusters piled over one another.”
— Irwin Block, The Montreal Gazette

“Fieldwork’s rhythmic logic can be immensely involved, but the results are disarmingly concise. The music is also rich in paradox: dark yet uplifting, intellectually demanding yet effortlessly funky.”
— David Adler, JazzTimes

“Together, they create intensely rhythmic music that combines jazz ingenuity, rock velocity and World Music savvy. Their visceral compositions constantly blur the lines between improvised flights of fancy and expertly calibrated arrangements…. The result is a heady, punchy outing that could serve as a template for daring, forwardlooking musicians everywhere.”
— George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune

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It is that time of year again, the time where we take stock of what the journalists have to say about our releases for 2008.

The Jazz Journalists Association has begun posting their Top 10 Lists for the year and many of our 2008 releases have found their way onto top 10 lists of association members. David Adler lists Kinsmen at #5 and gives special mention to Door. Christian von Broecking lists Door at #2 and Ceramic Dog at #5. Alain Drout and Hank Shteamer list Door in their top 10. Andrew Gilbert lists Kinsmen at #8 along with Andrey Henkin and Howard Mandel who both have it in their Top 10.

Thank you to all of the JJA members who have supported our artists and the label’s work through 2008.

posted on December 18, 2008 by Seth


If it works for you once, why not do it again?

After his Down Beat cover early this year, Vijay finds himself on the cover of Jazzwise this month.

The article by Kevin LeGendre covers his new quartet recording as well as the new Fieldwork recording Door.

We at Pi are pleased to see Vijay getting his just due.

posted on September 11, 2008 by Seth


The 56th Annual Down Beat Critic’s Poll results are in and we are pleased to say that a number of Pi Recording’s artists have been recognized for their work over the past year.

  • Muhal Richard Abrams received 32 votes towards Hall of Fame consideration.

  • The Vijay Iyer Quartet received 33 votes in the Rising Star Jazz Group category. Additionally, Vijay received 47 votes in the Rising Star Composer category, 28 votes in the Rising Star Jazz Artist category and 60 votes in the Rising Star Piano category. Tyshawn Sorey also received Rising Star Jazz Artist consideration with 23 votes as well as 29 votes in the Rising Star Drums category.

  • Roscoe Mitchell received 38 votes in the Soprano Saxophone category.

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa received 23 votes in the Alto Saxophone category and 85 votes in the Rising Star Alto Saxophone category. Steve Lehman also received Rising Star Alto Saxophone with 48 votes.

  • Henry Threadgill received 39 votes in the Flute category.

  • Corey Wilkes received 35 votes in the Rising Star Trumpet category.

  • Marc Ribot received 26 votes and James “Blood” Ulmer received 25 votes in the Guitar category. Additionally, “Blood” received 50 votes in the Blues Artist/Group category.

Pi Recordings would like to thank all of the critics who recognize the work of our artists year after year.

posted on July 13, 2008 by Seth


It feels like it has been a long time coming, but it has finally arrived. One of our artists is featured on the cover of DownBeat. This month’s cover features, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran and Matthew Shipp. The three pianists engage in an interesting conversation about identity, technology and the trajectory of their careers.

posted on June 14, 2008 by Seth


Pi Recordings is very excited to announce that 2008 will see the release of Fieldwork’s new studio recordings Door. Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Tyshawn Sorey recorded Door after their three nights of performances at the Stone in December of 2007.

Produced by the band and mixed by Scott Harding, Door is the bands third release and first with Tyshawn Sorey. 2 tracks from the CD can be previewed here. Look for the CD this Spring.

posted on January 13, 2008 by Seth

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