When the duo Raw Materials played at Enjoy Jazz in October 2008, the festival programme described Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa as »rising stars« in the young US scene. Less than ten years later, Vijay Iyer has made a career like no other. The pianist and composer, meanwhile 45 years old, masterfully went into several fields at once. As a soloist, in his trio and in the albums “Historicity” and “Accelerando” he reigned the international critic polls and won the “Downbeat” critic poll in 2012 in five categories. He composed soundtracks and piano music, electronic music and for string quartet, curated festivals and received several distinctions and stipends that enable him his politically dedicated, interdisciplinary productivity. In 2013, he received a “MacArthur Fellowship” which is comparable to a Harvard professorship and worth 625000$. As Iyer released his most important albums on “ACT” and “ECM”, his career path has also been very easy to follow from here. What has been missing so far: the Vijay Iyer Sextet, which has existed for a while but only recently released its first album “Far From Over” on ECM. This is the well-rehearsed trio enlarged with three grand wind players including Steve Lehman.