Tyshawn Sorey

Born 8 July 1980.


Tyshawn Sorey (b. 8 July 1980 in Newark, New Jersey) 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 talented 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 three albums as a leader: That/Not (2008, Firehouse 12 Records, FH12-04-02-005), Koan (2009, 482 Music, 482-1069), and Oblique (2011, Pi Recordings). He has recorded or performed with musicians including Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Coleman, Joey Baron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pete Robbins, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, Sylvie Courvoisier, Steve Lehman, and Anthony Braxton, among many others.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Koan

    Koan 2009

    Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre
    An artfully executed study in composition and improvisation.
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