Pi Recordings

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Pi Recordings
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Founded2001 (2001)
FounderSeth Rosner
Genre Jazz, avant-garde jazz
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City
Official website www.pirecordings.com

Pi Recordings is a jazz record label founded by Seth Rosner in 2001. [1] He was soon joined as partner by Yulun Wang. [1] Pi specializes in avant-garde jazz. [1] Its first two albums were by Henry Threadgill. [1]


Pi's roster includes Amir ElSaffar, Anthony Braxton, Corey Wilkes, James Blood Ulmer, Leroy Jenkins, Liberty Ellman, Marc Ribot, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehman, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, and Wadada Leo Smith. [2]

In its first twenty years, Pi released fewer than a hundred recordings. [1] In 2021, DownBeat wrote that "Pi releases rigorous, pathbreaking music that stretches the boundaries of jazz while honoring its history." [1]


Main series

  1. Everybodys Mouth's a Book (2001) – Henry Threadgill
  2. Up Popped the Two Lips (2001) – Henry Threadgill
  3. Song for My Sister (2002) – Roscoe Mitchell & The Note Factory
  4. The Year of the Elephant (2002) – Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet
  5. Your Life Flashes (2002) – Fieldwork (Vijay Iyer, Elliot Humberto Kavee, Aaron Stewart)
  6. Organic Resonance (2003) – Wadada Leo Smith& Anthony Braxton
  7. The Meeting (2003) – Art Ensemble of Chicago
  8. Tactiles (2003) – Liberty Ellman
  9. In What Language? (2003) – Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd
  10. Saturn, Conjunct the Grand Canyon in a Sweet Embrace (2004) – Wadada Leo Smith & Anthony Braxton
  11. Sirius Calling (2004) – Art Ensemble of Chicago
  12. Juncture (2004) – Various Artists
  13. And Now... (2004) – Revolutionary Ensemble
  14. Mother Tongue (2004) – Rudresh Mahanthappa
  15. Spiritual Unity (2005) – Marc Ribot
  16. Simulated Progress (2005) – Fieldwork (Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Elliot Humberto Kavee)
  17. Demian as Posthuman (2005) – Steve Lehman
  18. Back in Time (2005) – James Blood Ulmer
  19. Ophiuchus Butterfly (2006) – Liberty Ellman
  20. Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City (2006) – Art Ensemble of Chicago
  21. Codebook (2006) – Rudresh Mahanthappa
  22. Streaming (2006) – Muhal Richard Abrams, George E. Lewis & Roscoe Mitchell
  23. Vision Towards Essence (2007) – Muhal Richard Abrams
  24. Two Rivers (2007) – Amir ElSaffar
  25. On Meaning (2007) – Steve Lehman
  26. Door (2008) – Fieldwork (Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey)
  27. Party Intellectuals (2008) – Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
  28. Kinsmen (2008) – Rudresh Mahanthappa
  29. Cries from tha Ghetto (2009) – Corey Wilkes
  30. Travail Transformation and Flow (2009) – Steve Lehman
  31. This Brings Us to Volume 1 (2009) – Henry Threadgill Zooid
  32. Radif Suite (2010) – Amir ElSaffar & Hafez Modirzadeh
  33. Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (2010) – Steve Coleman and Five Elements
  34. Silent Movies (2010) – Marc Ribot
  35. Apex (2010) – Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green
  36. This Brings Us to Volume 2 (2010) – Henry Threadgill Zooid
  37. SoundDance (2011) – Muhal Richard Abrams with Fred Anderson and George E. Lewis
  38. The Mancy of Sound (2011) – Steve Coleman and Five Elements
  39. Synastry (2011) – Jen Shyu & Mark Dresser
  40. Oblique–1 (2011) – Tyshawn Sorey
  41. Inana (2011) – Amir ElSaffar
  42. Dialect Fluorescent (2012) – Steve Lehman Trio
  43. Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp (2012) – Henry Threadgill Zooid
  44. Post–Chromodal Out! (2012) – Hafez Modirzadeh
  45. Reunion: Live in New York (2012) – Sam Rivers Trio
  46. Continuum (2012) – David Virelles
  47. Functional Arrhythmias (2013) – Steve Coleman and Five Elements
  48. Moment and the Message (2013) – Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defence
  49. Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project (2013) – Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd
  50. Fiction (2013) – Matt Mitchell
  51. Alchemy (2013) – Amir ElSaffar
  52. Fourteen (2014) – Dan Weiss
  53. Live at the Village Vanguard (2014) – Marc Ribot Trio
  54. Mise en Abîme (2014) –Steve Lehman Octet
  55. In Convergence Liberation (2014) – Hafez Modirzadeh, ETHEL
  56. Alloy (2014) – Tyshawn Sorey
  57. Synovial Joints (2015) – Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance
  58. In for a Penny, In for a Pound (2015) – Henry Threadgill's Zooid
  59. Crisis (2015) – Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble
  60. Radiate (2015) – Liberty Ellman
  61. Sounds and Cries of the World (2015) – Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue
  62. Vista Accumulation (2015) – Matt Mitchell
  63. Sixteen: Drummers Suite (2016) – Dan Weiss
  64. Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (2016) – Henry Threadgill
  65. The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016) – Tyshawn Sorey
  66. Sélébéyone (2016) – Steve Lehman
  67. Moving Still (2016) – Jonathan Finlayson
  68. Trickster (2017) – Miles Okazaki
  69. Morphogenesis (2017) – Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse
  70. Verisimilitude (2017) – Tyshawn Sorey
  71. A Pouting Grimace (2017) – Matt Mitchell
  72. Song of Silver Geese (2017) – Jen Shyu
  73. Dirt… And More Dirt (2018) – Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg
  74. Starebaby (2018) – Dan Weiss
  75. Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (2018) – Henry Threadgill
  76. Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets) (2018) – Steve Coleman and Five Elements
  77. 3 Times Round (2018) – Jonathan Finlayson
  78. Igbó Alákọrin (The Singer’s Grove) Vol. I & II (2018) – David Virelles
  79. Clockwise (2019) – Anna Webber
  80. We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (2019) – Art Ensemble of Chicago
  81. Phalanx Ambassadors (2019) – Matt Mitchell
  82. The People I Love (2019) – Steve Lehman
  83. The Adornment of Time (2019) – Tyshawn Sorey & Marilyn Crispell
  84. The Sky Below (2019) – Miles Okazaki
  85. Last Desert (2020) – Liberty Ellman
  86. Natural Selection (2020) – Dan Weiss


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