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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

Recent Press for Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill’s recently released Old Locks and Irregular Verbs has received a myriad of positive reviews!

“It’s all too much to think about, except for the fact that it’s not. Threadgill’s masterful blend of the independent and interdependent is alive and well in Old Locks and Irregular Verbs.”-All About Jazz

Full review at All About Jazz

“Henry Threadgill may be in his early 70s, but he continues to make music that sounds like no one else. Even when he branches out and doesn’t quite sound like himself, he remains inimitable to a startling degree.”-PopMatters

Full review at PopMatters

“Recent Pulitzer winner Henry Threadgill only makes important records. In the jazz avant-garde, he is both revered elder statesman and active agent provocateur.”-JazzTimes

Full review at JazzTimes

New Release From Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey’s The Inner Spectrum of Variables has also received some great press.

“The lyrical intricacies central to the suite are frequently intermingling their attributes as living entities would do in such close proximity. There is a spontaneity and natural flow in the mix of components that make up The Inner Spectrum of Variables and they belie the complexity and scope of Sorey’s vision; it is the vision of a modern master.”-All About Jazz

Full Review at All About Jazz

Additionally, “Movement II” from The Inner Spectrum of Variables has been featured on The Wire’s 23rd edition of it’s “Below the Radar” playlist

Vision Festival

Come join us at the Vision Festival running Tuesday through Sunday this week at Judson Memorial Church. Tons of great music but we are particularly looking forward to Tuesday’s Life Time Achievement tribute to Henry Grimes (Marc Ribot will be there), Wednesday with Jen Shyu’s incredible project Songs of Silver Geese and Saturday with Wadada Leo Smith. Added bonus! We will be selling Pi Recordings CDs in the marketplace. Stop by and say hi!

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Upcoming Events

July 2

Ashwaaq with Quatour Tana and Khaled El Hafez at Musiq'3 Festival

Brussels, BE

July 3

Amir ElSaffar and Karim Baggili at Musiq'3 Festival

Brussels, BE

July 5

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

Montreal Jaz Festival, Montreal, Quebec