The son of Indian immigrants, Vijay Iyer draws from African, Asian, and European musical lineages to create works that are both emotionally expressive and structurally sophisticated. In addition to releasing several CDs (including Panoptic Modes, Fieldwork: Your Life Flashes, and Blood Sutra), Iyer has toured worldwide as a bandleader and as a featured performer with artists such as Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, and Amiri Baraka. As a performer and composer, Iyer has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Arts International, Creative Capital, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Most recently, Iyer received the 2003 CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts in the field of music.