Artist: Tyshawn Sorey

Newark-born mutli-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980) is celebrated for his incomparable virtuosity, effortless mastery and memorization of highly complex scores and an extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. He has performed nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as artists such as John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Claire Chase, Steve Lehman, Jason Moran, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, and Myra Melford, among many others. 

Sorey has composed works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the International Contemporary Ensemble, soprano Julia Bullock, PRISM Quartet, JACK Quartet, TAK Ensemble, the McGill-McHale Trio, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, Alarm Will Sound, the Louisville Orchestra, and tenor Lawrence Brownlee with Opera Philadelphia in partnership with Carnegie Hall, as well as for countless collaborative performers. His music has been performed in notable venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Village Vanguard, the Ojai Music Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Kimmel Center and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. Sorey has received support for his creative projects from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, Van Lier Fellowship, and was named a 2017 MacArthur fellow and a 2018 United States Artists Fellow.  

Sorey has released twelve critically acclaimed recordings that feature his work as a composer, co-composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist and conceptualist. One his latest releases, “Pillars” (Firehouse 12 Records, 2018), has been praised by Rolling Stone as “an immersive soundworld … sprawling, mysterious … thrilling” and was named as one of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction 2018 albums of the year. 

Tyshawn Sorey
Recordings:
Invisible RitualPillarsVerisimilitude

Education:

Columbia University

D.M.A.

Wesleyan University

M.A.

William Paterson University

B.M.


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A Conversation with Tyshawn Sorey

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Sorey may be one of the most decorated and active musicians working today, but the engine of his creativity is internal: He’s driven by a relentless curiosity and a desire to both honor and develop his individual voice.

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