Indo-American Heritage Museum Celebration Preview - Opening of Hall of Fame

A unique opportunity awaits Chicagoans when Chicago’s Indo-American Heritage Museum presents a special Gala concert to raise funds for the museum, which honors the heritage and contributions of the more than two million Americans of Asian Indian origin. The concert, featuring two noted jazz musicians, pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Fareed Haque, will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3pm at the new, stunning Mary Galvin Recital Hall on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston.


Vijay Iyer, Photo by Jimmy Katz

Born and raised in New York, Iyer is the son of Indian Tamil immigrants. In 2013, he was the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship often called the “genius” grant because it is awarded to individuals who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction" Sharing the stage with Iyer is Chicago favorite Haque, a guitarist whose long stays in Europe, Asia and South America exposed him to world music from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Haque's music


Math Games,Fareed Haque, Photo: Courtesy Fareed Haque website

 “This concert is a historic event for the Indian American community of Chicago. IAHM is the first institution in the country to engage with all communities to promote understanding, document the history, celebrate the heritage, preserve and share the contributions of Indian Americans to the building of America. Through the creation of a Hall of Fame we will honor Indian Americans whose achievements are particularly noteworthy,” said event chair Amita Banerji. “We are especially honored that two noted jazz artists Vijay. Iyer and Fareed Haque have accepted our invitation to perform this Gala concert which will inaugurate our newly announced Hall of Fame.”



Downbeat Critics Poll Cover, Photo: Vijay website

A Grammy nominee, Vijay Iyer has been voted DownBeat Magazine's Artist of the Year three times - in 2016, 2015 and 2012. Iyer was named Downbeat’s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. The New York Times observes, “There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.” Iyer has released over twenty recordings under his own name. The latest, on the ECM label, include A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (2016), a duo recording with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith; Mutations, featuring his compositions for piano, string quartet and electronics; Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, a film by Prashant Bhargava, with Iyer’s score performed by International Contemporary Ensemble; and Break Stuff, featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio.


Over the years, Iyer has worked with a wide array of artists across genres and disciplines, ranging from Steve Coleman, George Lewis and Amiri Baraka, to Wadada Leo Smith, Butch Morris, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehman, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, Oliver Lake, poet Mike Ladd, novelist Teju Cole, and rapper Himanshu Suri.


Iyer is the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University, and the director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. His compositions have been commissioned by Arturo O’Farrill, American Composers Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Brentano Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Imani Winds, ICE, Jennifer Koh, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. He is a Steinway artist.


Vijay iyer, Photo by Barbarao Rigon


About the Indo-American Heritage Museum…

The Indo-American Heritage Museum, a 501-c-3 organization registered in the State of Illinois, was founded in Chicago in 2008. The museum honors the heritage and contributions of the more than two million Americans of Asian Indian origin. The IAHM’s educational programs, outreach initiatives, web galleries and special events explore the Indian-American experience to promote understanding of its history and explore common ground shared by Americans of all ethnicities. Programs, activities and events have been made possible with support from the Driehaus Foundation, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Exelon Corporation, Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Cultural Alliance, Choose Chicago and generous individual donors. For more information about the IAHM, please visit  IAHM Museum website


Vijay Iyer, Photo by Lena Adasheva

Be sure to get tickets:


Location: Mary Galvin Recital Hall

Northwestern University

70 Arts Circle Drive

Evanston, IL 60208-2405

Time of Concert: 3pm

Tickets: $100 Preferred Seating (includes admission to after concert reception with artists)

$ 75 General Admission (seating on the main floor)

$ 45 Balcony seating

Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 708.658-4246.









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