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Tyshawn Sorey

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Atlanta Symphony and Lucerne Festival Orchestra are proud to co-commission composer Tyshawn Sorey.

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    Tyshawn Sorey

    Newark-born composer and multi-instrumentalist 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.

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Tyshawn Sorey

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Atlanta Symphony and Lucerne Festival Orchestra are proud to co-commission composer Tyshawn Sorey.

Co-commissioners: Atlanta Symphony (lead) and Lucerne Festival Orchestra, with more partner orchestras to be announced soon

Commissioned piece: Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith) featuring saxophonist Timothy McAllister

Upcoming performances:

  • March 16-19, 2023 – Tyshawn Sorey’s Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith), saxophonist Timothy McAllister and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (U.S. premiere) – Atlanta, GA

Bio:

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. The Wall Street Journal notes Sorey is, “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” The New Yorker recently noted that he is “among the most formidable denizens of the in-between zone…An extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.” Sorey has received support from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, Van Lier Fellowship, and was named a 2017 MacArthur fellow and a 2018 United States Artists Fellow. He received a B.Music in Jazz Studies and Performance from William Paterson University, an M.A. in Music Composition from Wesleyan University, and a D.M.A. in Music Composition from Columbia University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies at Wesleyan University.

 

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