Vijay Iyer on improvisation and the science of music: It's the rhythm we respond to

One of the more exciting pianists in jazz today, Vijay Iyer has won a slew of awards over the past few years, including five different nods in the DownBeat International Critics' Poll. Awards notwithstanding, if you need proof of what amazing chops this Grammy-nominated composer-pianist has, look no further than any of his ACT recordings, especially this year's outstanding Accelerando.

See also: - Vijay Iyer at Dazzle, 10/11-10/12. - The five best jazz shows this month