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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

Jen Shyu, Liberty Ellman, Amir ElSaffar - Celebrating New Releases

Today marks the release of Jen Shyu’s latest recording - “Sounds and Cries of the World”. The album has already received attention, with a podcast and a featured article by Ben Ratliff of the “New York Times”.

“…among the most arresting performances I’ve seen over the past five years. …She seems open, instinctual, almost fearless”.

Read the full article Here

Listen to the podcast Here

Last night Liberty Ellman celebrated the release of “Radiate” in front of a packed, enthusiastic house at the Cornelia Street Cafe. The album is receiving excellent reviews, one being from Peter Margasak on the latest edition of “DownBeat” magazine.

“This is deeply modern music, with a sense of chamber-esque sophistication and interplay that is buoyed by the improvisational rigor of jazz. Ellman’s gift for clear-eyed melody gives the music on “Radiate” something unique, indelible and fully human.”

Read the full review Here

Amir ElSaffar was recently featured as a guest on Dave Douglas’s podcast. Check out two of the top trumpeters and composers in an exciting conversation about - “Crisis” - ElSaffar’s latest recording - and much more.

Listen to the podcast Here

Crisis from Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble out 7/24

When these guys played this music at the Newport Jazz Festival a couple of years ago the audience erupted in a rousing standing ovation after just the first song! For those who don’t know, Two Rivers is this perfect juncture between jazz and the Iraqi maqam. Check out the EPK

2015 Fellowship Announcements

Congratulations to Steve Lehman and George Lewis, who have both been named 2015 Guggenheim fellows in music composition.

They are 2 of 175 recipients of this year’s fellowships, and were selected from a pool of over 3,000 applicants.

Our congratulations also goes to Steve Coleman and Muhal Richard Abrams, both of whom are recipients of the 2015 Doris Duke awards in performing arts.

We are proud to be actively involved in the music of all four of these gentlemen. They are at the top of their fields, and we are proud to see them receiving such widespread recognition for their work.

Congratulations all!

To learn more about each of these awards, visit:

The Guggenheim Foundation

Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards

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Upcoming Events

October 22

Steve Lehman Octet

Brown University, Providence, RI

November 7

Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers

November Music Festival, The Netherlands

November 10

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

The Village Vanguard, New York, NY