Tyshawn Sorey is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar working across an extensive range of musical idioms. A 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient, Sorey performs percussion, trombone and piano nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, and artists including Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, John Zorn, Roscoe Mitchell, Misha Mengelberg, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lehman, Tim Berne, and Myra Melford. The International Contemporary Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, and TAK Ensemble have performed his compositions, which integrate African diasporic, Western classical, and avant-garde musical forms. In 2012, he was selected as an Other Minds Composer. As a leader, Sorey has released five critically acclaimed recordings - most recently The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi, 2016), which features both classical/contemporary composition and conducted improvisation. He has taught lectures and courses on composition and improvisation at the Banff Centre, International Realtime Music Symposium (Norway), Hochschule für Musik Köln, Musikhochschule Nürnberg, Rhythmic Conservatory (Denmark), Birmingham Conservatory of Music, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique (Paris), and Vallekilde Højskole (Denmark). Soreys works have premiered at the Issue Project Room, Walt Disney Hall, the Bimhuis, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Gallery, and Roulette. He received a BM in Jazz and Performance Studies from William Paterson University and an MA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University. He expects to receive his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Musical Composition from Columbia University in 2017.
More Press for The Inner Spectrum of Variables
is continuing to get rave reviews in the press. The Inner Spectrum of Variables
“This is an astonishing, indefinable work that drags jazz and modern composition into an entirely new realm.”-The Wire
“The Inner Spectrum Of Variables is a hugely impressive and often moving work, establishing Sorey as a worthy heir to creative composers like Anthony Braxton and Henry Threadgill”-
“This is one of those rare releases where one can say with confidence that something new and exciting is taking place. Sorey is fast becoming one of the most intriguing musicians and composers of his generation, and if this music is any indication, it signals the opportunity for more creative work to be done in bringing the worlds of classical and improvised music into closer contact.”-
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Tyshawn Sorey will be premiering a new work for his Alloy Trio at The Newport Jazz Festival on July 29th. We hope to see you there.
Tyshawn Sorey at the Stone and Another Review for His New Recording
Tyshawn Sorey will be in residency at
this week. Come through and check out what the New York Times calls “a rare performance” and one of The Stone 10 Things to Do Now in NYC
Additionally, Tyshawn Sorey’s new album
has been called “a highlight of the year” by The Inner Spectrum of Variables Burning Ambulance. Check out the Full Review Here New Release From Tyshawn Sorey
has also received some great press. The Inner Spectrum of Variables
“The lyrical intricacies central to the suite are frequently intermingling their attributes as living entities would do in such close proximity. There is a spontaneity and natural flow in the mix of components that make up
The Inner Spectrum of Variables and they belie the complexity and scope of Sorey’s vision; it is the vision of a modern master.”- All About Jazz
Full Review at
All About Jazz
Additionally, “Movement II” from
The Inner Spectrum of Variables has been featured on The Wire’s 23rd edition of it’s “Below the Radar” playlist Latest Press & Upcoming Performances
Jen Shyu and Liberty Ellman continue to receive great reviews and recognition for their latest releases!
Shyu’s “Sounds and Cries of the World” was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, with a review by Kevin Whitehead:
“…Shyu’s music is intensely personal. Nothing sounds quite like it. …blurring lines between folk song and art song, the traditional and the avant-garde, Western and Eastern, between waking consciousness and dream logic.”
Listen to/read the full review
Ellman’s “Radiate” was recently featured on Dusted Magazine:
“Ellman straddles the center shifting from angular rhythmic accents to craggy, saw-toothed leads, the variable amplification and effects that envelope his strings often proving just a pertinent to what he plays.”
Read the full review
Steve Coleman and Five Elements are currently in Philadelphia for a two week residency, performing new music, curating workshops, open rehearsals and outreach programs for the community.
For more info, updates and ticket purchases, click
Coleman also has an upcoming residency at the Village Vanguard, November 10-15.
Following Coleman at the Vanguard is the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, performing November 17-22.
We are proud to be working with all of these unique artists and are looking forward to two great weeks of music in November!
Henry Threadgill and Tyshawn Sorey Featured in This Month’s Issue of Downbeat
The March Issue of
Downbeat features a great review of Henry Threadgill Zooid’s December performance at Roulette, as well as a blindfold test performed by Tyshawn Sorey.
Continue supporting 81 years of jazz writing and pick up this month’s issue today!
Steve Lehman’s Mise en Abime Tops NPR Jazz Critics’ Poll!
Mise en Abime was named the #1 jazz album of 2014 in the
of over 100 jazz critics! In a market flooded with thousands of new releases a year, all five of our 2014 releases placed highly: Marc Ribot Trio “Live at the Village Vanguard” (#6), Tyshawn Sorey’s “Alloy” (#14), Hafez Modirzadeh’s “In Convergence Liberation” (#33) and Dan Weiss’s “Fourteen” (#54). Congrats all! NPR poll New Press for Tyshawn Sorey, Steve Coleman, and Dan Weiss
The New York Times gave a shining review of Tyshawn Sorey’s Alloy. Read the review
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote an article interviewing Steve Coleman on his reaction and thoughts to receiving the MacArthur Genius Grant. Read the article
The new issue of
Modern Drummer Magazine has a new feature on Dan Weiss. Mise en Abime gets 5 stars in Downbeat!
Our latest release: Mise en Abime from the Steve Lehman Octet was not only the lead review in the August Downbeat, it received a rare 5 star rating! In his review, John Corbett writes: “I’m rarely moved to say something like this, but Steve Lehman’s work is required listening for the next generation.”
Read the full review
. HERE Recent Press on Our New Releases
As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to recognize some of the great press our newest releases have received:
Inana - Amir ElSaffar
“The music deftly combines jazz and Middle Eastern music in a unique way, finding common ground in improvisation… ElSaffars studies in both jazz and ethnic music have placed him in good stead to carve out a unique place in the current improvised music. His music and musicial concept is clearly evolving, and this is a very exciting development.”
Jazz and Blues
“Gracefully poised between two worlds, Inana builds upon ElSaffar's previous accomplishments, establishing an impressive precedent for the creative possibilities of a new global jazz aesthetic.”
Oblique-I - Tyshawn Sorrey
One of five drummers whose time is Now
. A spectacular young drummer on jazzs leading edge, Mr. Sorey has proved himself a serious new-music composer besides, sometimes to the point of cerebral severity. But Oblique-I just out on Pi, is a riveting album, with compositions custom designed for the same musicians found here.
New York Times
Oblique I, is mostly the kind of rollicking band album youd expect from a powerhouse drummer. His melodies are complex and full of surprises, but often light on their feet. Leading by example, Sorey is helping to heal an old rift in contemporary jazz, between musicians for whom swinging is everything and those also interested in other kinds of rhythmic subtleties and complications
. His quintet/quartet plays twisty, turny rhythms that surge ahead and then fall back, typical of jazzs left flank. But under those zigzag lines, Soreys drums barrel along like a runaway tractor trailer. He makes those tricky patterns move.
The Mancy of Sound - Steve Coleman
A vivacious group effort brimming with intricate cross-hatched melodies, oblique harmonies and kaleidoscopic rhythms, The Mancy of Sound follows Harvesting Semblances and Affinities as the strongest albums of Colemans career, reinforcing his significance in the development of contemporary jazz.
Point of Departure
Of all the musicians who followed Coltrane, Ornette and the AACM, Coleman has done the most work and sustained the highest level of innovation and creativity of output and impact.
Downbeat Tyshawn Sorey’s Oblique Released to Great Acclaim
Tyshawn Sorey’s Oblique-I has been released to great acclaim. Fresh Air’s Kevin Whitehead reviewed it last week, describing it as “… mostly the kind of rollicking band album you’d expect from a powerhouse drummer. His melodies are complex and full of surprises, but often light on their feet.” Listen to the review HERE.
The Wall Street Journal’s Larry Blumenfeld interviewed Tyshawn for the Journal. Read the interview HERE. Larry says about Tyshawn, “…his strongest impact is as a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” and describes Oblique-I as “… more like jazz yet still utterly original.”.
Special thanks to Jazz Times and the New York Times for their support:
New York Times Year End Best of List
Steve Lehman - Travail, Transformation & Flow #1
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To Vol.1, #3
Steve Lehman - Travail, Transformation & Flow #5
Jazz Times Top 50 Releases of 2009
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To Vol.1, # 4
Steve Lehman - Travail, Transformation & Flow #11
PopMatters.com Best of Jazz 2009
Steve Lehman - Travail, Transformation & Flow #6
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To Vol.1, #7
Year end polls are starting to come in. We would like to thank the following critics for their support:
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To, Vol. 1, # 1
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To Vol.1, # 3
Steve Lehman - Travail, Transformation & Flow, # 9
Michael J. West
Steve Lehman - Travail, Transformation & Flow, # 7
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To, Vol. 1, # 1
Steve Lehman Octet - Travail, Transformation, and Flow, # 5
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To, Volume 1, # 6
David R. Adler
Steve Lehman Octet - Travail Transformation & Flow, # 5
Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To, Vol. 1, # 2
Steve Lehman Octet - Travail, Transformation, and Flow, # 3
We would also like the thank
Nate Chinen for choosing Travail, Transformation, and Flow, and This Brings Us To, Vol. 1 as his number one and two picks. Click here to check out the ongoing conversation.
Finally, a special thanks to Seth Colter Walls for citing Travail, Transformation, and Flow in his Newsweek article,
Jazz Is Dead. Long Live Jazz.
The 56th Annual
Down Beat Critic’s Poll results are in and we are pleased to say that a number of Pi Recording’s artists have been recognized for their work over the past year.
Muhal Richard Abrams received 32 votes towards Hall of Fame consideration.
The Vijay Iyer Quartet received 33 votes in the Rising Star Jazz Group category. Additionally,
Vijay received 47 votes in the Rising Star Composer category, 28 votes in the Rising Star Jazz Artist category and 60 votes in the Rising Star Piano category. Tyshawn Sorey also received Rising Star Jazz Artist consideration with 23 votes as well as 29 votes in the Rising Star Drums category.
Roscoe Mitchell received 38 votes in the Soprano Saxophone category.
Rudresh Mahanthappa received 23 votes in the Alto Saxophone category and 85 votes in the Rising Star Alto Saxophone category. Steve Lehman also received Rising Star Alto Saxophone with 48 votes.
Henry Threadgill received 39 votes in the Flute category.
Corey Wilkes received 35 votes in the Rising Star Trumpet category.
Marc Ribot received 26 votes and James “Blood” Ulmer received 25 votes in the Guitar category. Additionally, “Blood” received 50 votes in the Blues Artist/Group category.
Pi Recordings would like to thank all of the critics who recognize the work of our artists year after year.
WNYC is many things to New York radio, but one of them is hands down the outlet for music that needs to be heard. So it was exciting news when John Schaefer asked Fieldwork to join him on Soundcheck before their CD release show at Joe’s Pub. Listen to the segment
Pi Recordings is pleased to announce that the Jazz Journalists Association has released their list of finalists for this year’s awards and a number of Pi Recordings’ artists are prominently featured. Tyshawn Sorey has been nominated for Up & Coming Musician of the Year and Drummer of the Year, while Steve Lehman has been nominated for Alto Player of the Year. Congratulations to both Tyshawn and Steve. Harbingers of things to come for sure.
Wonderful feature article on the AACM by Nate Chinen in the New York Times on the occasion of the release of George Lewis’s “A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music.” It’s really heartening to be reminded how many of the key members of the AACM, some now gone, have recorded for Pi. Chinen goes on to name Fieldwork as an example of a band influenced by the AACM aesthetic. Thanks Nate for helping to draw attention to an organization whose recognition falls well short of it’s influence on the music.
Pi Recordings is very excited to announce that 2008 will see the release of Fieldwork’s new studio recordings
Door. Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Tyshawn Sorey recorded Door after their three nights of performances at the Stone in December of 2007.
Produced by the band and mixed by Scott Harding,
Door is the bands third release and first with Tyshawn Sorey. 2 tracks from the CD can be previewed here. Look for the CD this Spring.
As stated in an earlier post, we are always excited by home grown love. It is with that in mind that
Hank Shteamer and Steve Smith for including Muhal Richard Abrams’s Vision Towards Essence in their Time Out New York Best of 2007 lists.
Coincidently, or maybe not so coincidently as we are fans of his as well, they also both included Tyshawn Sorey’s
that/not on there.
And because it is the end of the year and we don’t object to giving ourselves a little pat on the back every once in a while we thought we would close this post out with a quote from Hank’s list. “Local imprint Pi cements its position as one of the premier 21st-century jazz labels with a sumptuous solo recital from an avant-garde master.” Thank you Hank.
We never get tired of support from the
New York Times, especially when it is as positive as Nate Chinen’s review of Steve Lehman’s On Meaning. From the most recent Critic’s Choice column Nate describes the results of the recording date as “The layered complexity of his music attests to some careful calibration, but the playing reflects something else: a spirit of lunging abandon constrained by collective purpose.” Regarding other label favorites, “The album’s chief relationship is between Mr. Lehman and Tyshawn Sorey, an impulsive yet exacting drummer; together they make up two-thirds of Fieldwork, a separate group that has made a science of rhythmic convolution.” Further wets our appetite for 2008, as Fieldwork goes into the studio this Friday to start work on their third recording.
the pages of , Chris Kelsey’s review of Amir ElSaffar’s Jazz Times Two Rivers appropriately sums up Amir and the recording with these lines, “ElSaffar’s band (Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax; Nasheet Waits, drums; Carlo DeRosa, bass; Tareq Abboushi, buzuq and percussion; Zaafer Tawil, oud, violin, dumbek) has nary a weak link… There’s not the faintest hint of dabbling here; ElSaffar knows from whence he came, in every respect.”