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 centuryâ€™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 Recordingsâ€™ producers Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang here: Despite the Odds, a Jazz Label Finds a Way to Thrive.
Praise for Hafez Modirzadeh - In Convergence Liberation
Three great reviews of Hafez Modirzadeh’s new one in All About Jazz:
In a 4 1/2 Star Review, Hrayr Attarian says “With this impressive album Modirzadeh has fused his remarkable scholarship with his superb artistry. The result is uniquely cerebral without being abstruse and sublimely visceral without veering into melodrama. In short it is a near perfect disc that is quite accessible as well as exquisitely thought provoking, exactly what one has come to expect from both Modirzadeh and Pi Recordings.”
In another 4 1/2 Star review, Karl Ackerman calls it “an inspired, thought provoking collection that is well worth experiencing.”
And Dan Bilawsky in his 4 Star Review says “Those looking to understand the very nature of confluence need look no further than In Convergence Liberation.”
You need to check out what they are talking about, too.
→October 23, 2014 by Yulun
Steve Coleman Named 2014 MacArthur Fellow
Congratulations to Steve Coleman who was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, AKA the”Genius Grant.” From the press release: “Steve Coleman is an alto saxophonist and composer whose technical virtuosity and engagement with musical traditions and styles from around the world are expanding the expressive and formal possibilities of spontaneous composition.”
Read the announcement HERE.
→September 18, 2014 by Yulun
Mise en Abime reviewed in LA Times
Rave review in the LA Times for Steve Lehman’s Mise en Abime. Chris Barton says “Lehman is a dazzling talent with a compact tone and expansive ambitions” and the album “sounds like something moving forward fast. No other explanation is really needed.” Pick up a copy and hear for yourself today.