Born to Indian immigrant parents in 1971, self-taught pianist and composer Vijay Iver is widely considered one of today's most innovative progressive young jazz performers. With a PhD in music and cognitive science, he first burst onto NYC's jazz scene in 1995, quickly making waves as a remarkable artist to watch out for and that same year releasing his first solo album, Memorophilia. With several musical projects under his belt, namely Spirit Complex, Poisonous Prophets and the Vijay Iyer Trio, he has also collaborated with various artists, including poet Mike Ladd on In What Language? in 2003, and with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa in 2006 on Raw Materials. In 2009, he released the best-selling Historicity, an album of originals and surprising covers. Historicity (2009), Solo (2010), Thirta (2011) and Accelerando (2012) followed.