Tyshawn Sorey

Friday, February 28 - 8:00 PM

The McIntire Department of Music presents a concert by Tyshawn Sorey on Friday, February 28th at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church at 717 Rugby Road.  This event is free and open to the public.

Newark-born multi-instrumentalist and composer 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 Coleman, Steve Lehman, Robyn Schulkowsky, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, and Myra Melford, among many others.

The New York Times has praised Sorey for his instrumental facility and aplomb, “he plays not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise”; The Wall Street Journal notes Sorey is, “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” The New Yorker recently noted that Sorey 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 for his creative projects from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, Van Lier Fellowship, and was recently named a 2017 MacArthur fellow. The Spektral Quartet, Ojai Music Festival, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) have commissioned his works, which exemplify a penchant for a thorough exploration of the intersection between improvisation and composition. Sorey also collaborates regularly with ICE as a percussionist and resident composer. Future commissions include a residency at the Berlin Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project in partnership with Opera Philadelphia supporting a new work for tenor Lawrence Brownlee addressing themes associated with Black Lives Matter.? Learn more about Tyshawn Sorey at https://tyshawnsorey.com.

"Is It Jazz? Improvisation? Tyshawn Sorey Is Obliterating the Lines". -- Giovanni Russonello,  NYTimes

Tyshawn Sorey, A Musical Shapeshifter, Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Prize" == Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR

Tyshawn Sorey will be presenting a concert, a masterclass and a colloquium as part of his residency.  Dates, times and places of these events are to be announced.  Please check back.

The Tyshawn Sorey Residency at the Univeristy of Virginia is sponsored by the UVA Arts Council Enriching the Arts on Grounds.  Additional funding is provided by the Miller Arts Scholars, and The Gassmann Fund for Innovation


Event Type


UVA Music Department

Date / Time

Friday, February 28, 2020
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


(434) 924-3052