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About Pi Recordings

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

Henry Threadgill and Tyshawn Sorey Featured in This Month's Issue of Downbeat

The March Issue of Downbeat features a great review of Henry Threadgill Zooid’s December performance at Roulette, as well as a blindfold test performed by Tyshawn Sorey.

Congratulations gentlemen!

Continue supporting 81 years of jazz writing and pick up this month’s issue today!

Lehman, Threadgill and Coleman

The 2014 Musica Jazz critics poll - Italy’s longest running jazz publication - has awarded Steve Lehman a “Triple Crown” in the following categories:

Musician of the Year - Steve Lehman

Album of the Year - Mise en Abime

Ensemble of the Year - Steve Lehman Octet

Congratulations Steve!

Next month’s issue of “Musica Jazz” will feature Henry Threadgill, leading up to the release of Henry Threadgill Zooid “In for a Penny, In for a Pound” this May.

But first, MacArthur fellow Steve Coleman’s latest release, Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance “Synovial Joints” will be released in April.

2015 is promising to be an exciting year for Pi Artists! Stay tuned.

Steve Lehman's Mise en Abime Tops NPR Jazz Critics' Poll!

Mise en Abime was named the #1 jazz album of 2014 in the NPR poll of over 100 jazz critics! In a market flooded with thousands of new releases a year, all five of our 2014 releases placed highly: Marc Ribot Trio “Live at the Village Vanguard” (#6), Tyshawn Sorey’s “Alloy” (#14), Hafez Modirzadeh’s “In Convergence Liberation” (#33) and Dan Weiss’s “Fourteen” (#54). Congrats all!

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Upcoming Events

February 28

Cory Smythe and Steve Lehman

Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

March 3

Binney Group (Sacks, Opsvik, Weiss)

55 Bar, New York, NY

March 6

Marc Ribot duo w/Vinicius Cantuaria