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Tyshawn Sorey


Newark-born multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey 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 Coleman, Steve Lehman, Robyn Schulkowsky, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, and Myra Melford, among many others.

Sorey has received support for his creative projects from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, and the Van Lier Fellowship and was a 2015 recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award. The Spektral Quartet, Ojai Music Festival, and ICE have commissioned his works. As a percussionist and resident composer, he collaborates regularly with ICE. As a leader, he has released six critically acclaimed recordings that feature his work, including his latest Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings, 2017).

Sorey received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition in 2017 from Columbia University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Creative Music at Wesleyan University, where he received his master’s degree in composition in 2011.