Tyshawn Sorey (US composer, multi-instrumentalist, and professor)

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Tyshawn Sorey (born July 8, 1980) is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and professor of contemporary music.

Sorey has received accolades for performances, recordings, and compositions ranging from improvised solo percussion to opera, with work in best-of lists for both classical and jazz music. The New Yorker included Sorey in their annual "Notable Performances and Recordings" lists for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020; the pandemic-era entry was for premieres "cast in unconventional concerto form". His prolific output during a time of heavy restrictions on live performance led a New York Times critic to call him 2020's "composer of the year".

Sorey was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017, a United States Artists Fellow in 2018, and in 2019 his song cycle for Josephine Baker, Perle Noire: Meditations for Josephine, was performed on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His life and work have been the subject of features in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, NPR Music, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Sorey 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, Myra Melford, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, and Sylvie Courvoisier.

In 2020, Sorey joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as Presidential Assistant Professor of Music.

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2005Child Reel Eyes (Child Real Eyes)Andre Vida, Anthony Braxton, Loren Dempster, Tyshawn Sorey1
2007That / NotTyshawn Sorey2
2008ConsequencesJohn Escreet, David Binney, Ambrose Akinmusire, Matt Brewer, Tyshawn Sorey1
2009KoanTyshawn Sorey1
2010EvanescencesCasimir Liberski, Tyshawn Sorey, Thomas Morgan1
2010Paradoxical FrogKris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey : Paradoxical Frog1
2011Oblique - ITyshawn Sorey1
2012My Head Is My Only House Unless It RainsGrimes - Pettinato - Sorey1
2012PurityHenry Grimes, Roberto Pettinato, Tyshawn Sorey, Dave Burrell1
2013Same EggHenry Grimes, Dave Burrell, Roberto Pettinato, Tyshawn Sorey1
2013Like Salamanders We SurviveDørge / Westergaard / Sorey1
2014AlloyTyshawn Sorey1
2016The Inner Spectrum of VariablesTyshawn Sorey1
2016Vent FortKhari B, Magic Malik, Guillaume Orti, Jeb Bishop, Frédéric Briet, Tyshawn Sorey1
2017VerisimilitudeTyshawn Sorey1
2017Float the EdgeThe Angelica Sanchez Trio, Michael Formanek, Tyshawn Sorey1
2018The Berlin ConcertAngelika Niescier, Christopher Tordini, Tyshawn Sorey1
2018PillarsTyshawn Sorey3
2019Terrible AnimalsLage Lund, Sullivan Fortner, Larry Grenadier, Tyshawn Sorey1
2019Cowboy TransfigurationBrad Barrett, Joe Morris, Tyshawn Sorey1
2019LimitlessQasim Naqvi, Lisa Bielawa, Du Yun, Tyshawn Sorey, Nina Young, Wang Lu, Vijay Iyer, Missy Mazzoli; Jennifer Koh2
2019The Adornment of TimeTyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Crispell1
2020Invisible RitualJennifer Curtis & Tyshawn Sorey2
2020UnfilteredTyshawn Sorey1
2020On Common GroundMike Sopko, Bill Laswell, Tyshawn Sorey1
2021FacetsHafez Modirzadeh with Kris Davis | Tyshawn Sorey | Craig Taborn1
2021UneasyVijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey4
2021For George Lewis | AutoschediasmsAlarm Will Sound & Tyshawn Sorey1
2021Tyshawn / KingTyshawn Sorey & King Britt1
2023ContinuingTyshawn Sorey31
2023STILLPOINTJessie Montgomery, Paola Prestini, Alvin Singleton, Pēteris Vasks, Tyshawn Sorey, Judd Greenstein; Awadagin Pratt, Roomful of Teeth, A Far Cry1
2024CompassionVijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey3

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2022New NowDavid Liebman, Tyshawn Sorey, Adam Rudolph2

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