Tyshawn Sorey

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Tyshawn Sorey
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Tyshawn Sorey, Mœrs festival, 2010
Background information
Birth name Tyshawn Sorey
Born (1980-07-08) July 8, 1980 (age 36)
Origin Newark, New Jersey, United States
Genres Jazz, avant garde, classical, klezmer
Occupation(s) Drummer, composer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Pi Recordings, Firehouse 12 Records, 482 Music

Tyshawn Sorey (born July 8, 1980) is an American musician and composer who plays drum set, percussion, trombone and piano.

Since graduating from William Paterson University, Sorey has been a sought-after musician in many different musical idioms. He is both a performer and composer, and has had works reviewed in The Wire, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Modern Drummer and Down Beat. In August 2009, Sorey was given the opportunity to curate a month of performances at the Stone, a New York performance space owned by John Zorn. He was selected as an Other Minds 17 (2012).

Sorey recently completed a Master of Arts in composition at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. In the fall of 2011, he began pursuing doctoral work in composition at Columbia University.

To date, Sorey has released four albums as a leader: That/Not (2007, Firehouse 12 Records), Koan (2009, 482 Music), Oblique (2011, Pi Recordings) and Alloy (2014, Pi Recordings). He has recorded or performed with musicians including Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Coleman, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Steve Lehman, Joey Baron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pete Robbins, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris and Sylvie Courvoisier, among many others.


As leader[edit]

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

As co-leader[edit]

With Fieldwork
  • Door (2008)

As sideman[edit]

With Anthony Braxton
  • Trillium E (2011)
With John Zorn
  • In the Hall of Mirrors (2014)
  • Valentine's Day (2014)
  • Hen To Pan (2015)
With Steve Coleman
  • Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (2010)
  • The Mancy of Sound (2011)
With Steve Lehman
  • Demian as Posthuman (2005)
  • On Meaning (2007)
  • Travail, Transformation and Flow (2009)
  • Mise en Abîme (2014)
With Roscoe Mitchell
  • Duets With Tyshawn Sorey and Special Guest Hugh Ragin (2013)
With Armen Donelian
  • Leapfrog (2011)
With Samuel Blaser
  • Pieces of Old Sky (2009)
With Pascal Niggenkemper
  • Pasàpas (2008)
  • Urban Creatures (2010)
With Max Johnson
  • Quartet (2012)
With Alexandra Grimal
  • Andromeda (2012)
With Som Sum Sam
  • Beauty Under Construction (2005)

With Craig Taborn

With David Binney
  • Lifted Land (2013)
With Kris Davis and Ingrid Laubrock
With Henry Grimes, Roberto Pettinato and Dave Burrell
  • Purity (2012)
With Timuçin Şahin
  • Bafa (2009)
  • Inherence (2012)
With Lauer Large
  • Konstanz Suite (2009)
With Vijay Iyer
  • Blood Sutra (2003)


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  1. ^ Blumenfeld, Larry (2011-10-15). "A Thinking Man's Drummer - WSJ". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  2. ^ Williams, Gray (2009-08-16). "Tyshawn Sorey". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Artistdata is No More — Use Sonicbids To Publish Your Shows". Artistdata.com. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  4. ^ Macnie, Jim (2010-08-04). "Tyshawn Sorey". Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  5. ^ 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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