Date & Time
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Logan Center, Performance Penthouse 901
Arts and Science Intiative
Performance by experimental jazz musician Tyshawn Sorey (composition and percussion) with Chris Tordini (bass) and Cory Smythe (piano).
The Tyshawn Sorey Trio is part of a new Experimental Music Series—launched last year—which presents music on the edge, by artists whose work falls between the cracks of historically defined categories of composition, improvisation, jazz, and electronic music. This performance is co-presented by the Arts, Science + Culture Initiative, the Logan Center for the Arts, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Compositions.
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, 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 released six critically acclaimed recordings that feature his work as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and conceptualist including his latest Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings, 2017), among many others.