Tyshawn Sorey

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Tyshawn Sorey
Background information
Born (1980-07-08) July 8, 1980 (age 39)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresJazz, classical, avant-garde jazz, avant-garde music[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDrums, piano, trombone
Years active2000–present
LabelsPi, Firehouse 12, 482 Music
Associated actsDave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock

Tyshawn Sorey (born July 8, 1980) is an American drummer and composer.

His work has been reviewed in The Wire, The New York Times, The New Yorker,[2][3] The Village Voice, Modern Drummer and Down Beat. In August 2009, Sorey curated a month of performances at the Stone, a New York performance space owned by John Zorn. In 2012, he was selected as a composer for the Other Minds Festival.

Sorey grew up in Newark, New Jersey and attended Newark Arts High School.[4] He holds a B.Music in jazz studies and performance from William Paterson University,[5] an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University,[6] and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Columbia University.[7] In the fall of 2017, he joined the faculty at Wesleyan as Assistant Professor of Music.[8] He was awarded a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship.[9]

Sorey has released several albums as a leader, including That/Not (Firehouse 12 Records, 2007), Koan (482 Music, 2009), Oblique (Pi, 2011), Alloy (Pi, 2014), The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi, 2016), Verisimilitude (Pi, 2017), and Pillars (Pi, 2018).

He has recorded or performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Steve Lehman, Joey Baron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pete Robbins, Cory Smythe, Kris Davis, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, and Sylvie Courvoisier.


As leader[edit]

  • That/Not (2007)
  • Koan (2009)
  • Oblique – I (2011)
  • Alloy (2014)
  • The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016)
  • Verisimilitude (2017)
  • Pillars (2018)

As co-leader[edit]

With Fieldwork
With Paradoxical Frog

As sideman[edit]

With Samuel Blaser
  • Pieces of Old Sky (2009)
With David Binney
  • Lifted Land (2013)
With Anthony Braxton
  • Trillium E (2011)
With Steve Coleman
  • Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (2010)
  • The Mancy of Sound (2011)
With Armen Donelian
  • Leapfrog (2011)
With Alexandra Grimal
  • Andromeda (2012)
With Henry Grimes, Roberto Pettinato and Dave Burrell
  • Purity (2012)
With Vijay Iyer
With Max Johnson
  • Quartet (2012)
With Lauer Large
  • Konstanz Suite (2009)
With Ingrid Laubrock
With Steve Lehman
  • Demian as Posthuman (2005)
  • On Meaning (2007)
  • Travail, Transformation and Flow (2009)
  • Mise en Abîme (2014)
With Roscoe Mitchell
With Pascal Niggenkemper
  • Pasàpas (2008)
  • Urban Creatures (2010)
With Timuçin Şahin
  • Bafa (2009)
  • Inherence (2012)
With Samo Salamon
  • Kei's Secret (2006)
With Som Sum Sam
  • Beauty Under Construction (2005)

With Craig Taborn

With John Zorn
  • In the Hall of Mirrors (Tzadik, 2014)
  • Valentine's Day (Tzadik, 2014)
  • Hen to Pan (Tzadik, 2015)
With Angelica Sanchez Trio
  • Float the Edge (Clean Feed, 2017)


[10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

  1. ^ Collar, Matt. "Tyshawn Sorey". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Tyshawn Sorey Defeats Preconceptions". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  3. ^ Ross, Alex (April 15, 2019). "The Shape-Shifting Music of Tyshawn Sorey".
  4. ^ Atmonavage, Joseph. "Everyone knew this Newark native was special. Now he's officially a genius", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 23, 2017. Accessed 14, 2018. "When talking about the newly minted MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant' winner and Newark native Tyshawn Sorey, Mark Gross likes to recount his first meeting with Sorey.... After graduating from Newark Arts High School, he went to William Paterson in Wayne, then received his doctoral of music from Columbia University, all while making and composing transcendent music with a plethora of instruments."
  5. ^ "Tyshawn Sorey '04". William Paterson University. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  6. ^ "M.A. Theses in Ethnomusicology and Composition". Wesleyan University. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ "Tyshawn Sorey, Alumni". The Department of Music, Columbia University. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  8. ^ "Wesleyan Welcomes 57 New Faculty in 2017–18". News @ Wesleyan. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  9. ^ "Tyshawn Sorey, Composer and Musician, Class of 2017". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  10. ^ Blumenfeld, Larry (2011-10-15). "A Thinking Man's Drummer - WSJ". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  11. ^ Williams, Gray (2009-08-16). "Tyshawn Sorey". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  12. ^ "Artistdata is No More — Use Sonicbids To Publish Your Shows". Artistdata.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  13. ^ Macnie, Jim (2010-08-04). "Tyshawn Sorey". Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  14. ^ Ben Ratliff (2009-08-07). "Improvised Silence Amid the Sounds at the Stone". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-05.

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