Tyshawn Sorey: Solo
Tyshawn Sorey, born and raised in Newark, NJ, blends composition and improvisation across a variety of styles and genres. As an instrumentalist, he is known for his skillful open, groove-oriented, and through-composed forms and for his virtuosity on drums, piano, and trombone. The International Contemporary Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, and TAK Ensemble have performed his compositions, which integrate African diasporic, Western classical, and avant-garde musical forms. As a bandleader, he has released five critically acclaimed recordings of his work. He has been selected as a Danish International Visiting Artist (2013) and for the Other Minds Residency (2012), and was a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient. He has lectured on composition and improvisation at Columbia University, Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and Hochschule für Musik Köln, among other institutions.
Part of Ensemble Pamplemousse’s Chance and Circumstance Festival, May 11 – 14. http://www.jackny.org/ensemble-pamplemousse1.html
Photo by John Rogers