Vijay Iyer Trio And Dhrupad Music Institute Close Out Cornish Presents Season

The 2014-2015 Cornish Presents season concludes with the “truly astonishing” (NPR) Vijay Iyer Trio promoting their new release Break Stuff. Originally scheduled for earlier this spring, this one night only event promises to be one of the highlights of a season already crammed with great jazz performances.

Fans of world music can enjoy several Indian classical music concerts held in collaboration with Dhrupad Music Institute of America at the end of the month. Co-presented with Dhrupad Institute of America (DMIA), the following events are part of Dhrupad Days, DMIA's annual music festival. Dhrupad’s name is derived from "Dhruva,” the North Star, and "pada,” poetry. This ancient form of music traces its origin to chanting of the Sama Veda. Today it performed on such instruments as the pakhawaj, rudra vina, and surbahar, as well as having a vocal component.

Tickets for all Cornish Presents concerts are available online through Brown Paper Tickets,, or at the door. All performances take place at PONCHO Concert Hall inside Kerry Hall at Cornish College of the Art, 710 E Roy Street, Seattle, WA.

Cornish Presents Concerts

Vijay Iyer Trio

Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm

Tickets: $25 general, $20 seniors and Earshot Jazz members, $15 students with ID, $5 Teen Tix
By overwhelming consensus, the VIJAY IYER TRIO (Vijay Iyer, piano; Stephan Crump, double bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums) has become one of the pivotal jazz bands of the twenty-first century. Described as “the best piano trio in jazz today” (Der Spiegel), “the great new jazz piano trio” (The New York Times), “truly astonishing” (NPR), and “the best band in jazz” (PopMatters), the trio makes “cutting-edge music, but always accessible” (The Guardian) – emotionally resonant and deeply interactive, radiating groove and brimming with polyrhythmic detail, rooted in tradition yet truly innovative in style and form. The performance of Vijay Iyer Trio, presented in collaboration with SF Jazz and Musical Instrument Museum, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This concert is also made possible, in part, by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through a grant from the Western Jazz Presenters Network.   

Vocal Concert by Pandit Uday Bhawalkar

Friday, May 15 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $15 general, $12 seniors, $10 students with ID

Vocalist Pandit Uday Bhawalkar performs Dhrupad, one of the oldest forms of Indian classical music, accompanied by Pratap Awad on the pakhawaj. Since his first performance at Bhopal in 1985, Bhawalkar has performed in a number of prestigious festivals and events in India and abroad as well as collaborated with artists from other disciplines and cultures including the contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, Ensemble Modern in Germany and musicians from Spain, Georgia and the USA. His many prestigious awards including the Kumar Gandharva Samman given by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (2001) and the Raza Foundation Award (2007) given personally by the eminent painter, S.H. Raza.

Vocal Performance and Talk on “Indian Classical Music and the American Experimental Music Tradition” by Dr. Payton MacDonald
Saturday, May 16 at 10:30 am
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students with ID

Dr. Payton MacDonald has created a unique body of work that draws upon his extensive experience with East Indian tabla drumming and Dhrupad singing, Jazz, European classical music, and the American experimental tradition. MacDonald studied music at the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. MacDonald has toured the world with Alarm Will Sound and performed many improvised concerts with artists such as Elliott Sharp, Aakash Mittal, Tim Feeney, and others. Further studies include tabla with Bob Becker and Pandit Sharda Sahai, and Dhrupad vocal with Ramakant Gundecha. The New York Times described him as an "energetic soloist" and The Los Angeles Times described him as an ". . . inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer . . ." MacDonald is an Associate Professor of Music at William Paterson University.

Carnatic Violin Concert by Shri Raman Iyer
Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 pm
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students with ID

Carnatic violinist Shri Raman Iyer performs with Shri Vignesh Venkatraman on mridangam.

Sound In Unison: The Gundecha Brothers and Samvad
Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25 general, $20 seniors, $15 students with ID

Padmashri Gundecha Brothers are Pandits Umakant (vocal), Ramakant (vocal) and Akhilesh Gundecha (pakhawaj). Samvad consists of Virginia Nicoli (silver flute) and Igino Giovanni Brunori (saxophone).

More About Cornish College of the Arts

The Cornish Centennial Commencement will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Cornish College of the Arts awards Bachelor of Fine Arts in art, dance, design, performance production, and theater and a Bachelor of Music as well as a post-graduate Artist Diploma in Early Music.

Since its beginning one hundred years ago in Seattle, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. Cornish is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.