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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

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

AACM Celebrates 50 Years

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is one of the most innovative and respected organizations in jazz, providing decades of support for creative music and musicians. This year the organization turns 50, and there is still a lot of music to look forward to.

Classicalite recently published an article on the beginnings of the organization. Read the full story here.

To help celebrate the anniversary, the Robert D Bielecki Foundation has announced a matching grant of up to $25,000 to help present a series of concerts this fall in New York City, as well as to assist in strengthening the infrastructure and outreach of the organization. For more information, and to make a donation, please visit the Robert D Bielecki Foundation.

Pi recordings is proud to have worked with many AACM artists, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins, Fred Anderson, Anthony Braxton, and George Lewis.

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Upcoming Events

August 29

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria

September 4

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

La Villette Jazz Festival, Paris, France

September 5

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

La Villette Jazz Festival, Paris, France