Tyshawn Sorey on the Cover of This Month’s Wire

Tyshawn Sorey Cover Story by Stewart Smith

So much amazing music has come from camp Sorey over the years. This year has been no exception with the self-released recording of standards “Mesmerism” by his trio. Next month sees the 3CD release “The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism” from the trio plus special guest Greg Osby.

The two week New York City premier of Monochromatic Light: Afterlife at the Park Avenue Armory just concluded. Prior to Monochromatic, premiers with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, commissions and performances by Roomful of Teeth, The Crossing, Sandbox Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Yarn/Wire, violinist Johnny Gandelsman and an Artist Etoile at this past year’s Lucerne Festival where his work “For Grachan Moncur III” with the JACK Quartet debuted, have made this one of Tyshawn’s busiest periods. On top of all that, he was appointed Presidential Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania last year.

Upcoming are performances of his works “Be Holding,” a large-scale operatic work with Opera Philadelphia, where he is Composer in Residence; his composition “After Oh, Freedom” for Davone Tines, brass, and percussion; “Perle Noir: Meditations for Josephine” at Dutch National Opera; the U.S. premiere of “Adagio (for Wadada Leo Smith)” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; and appearances at the Donaueschingen Contemporary Music Festival, and Darmstädter Ferienkurse, the festival for experimental musical practices. All of this would be enough to make anyone stop and catch their breath. But, what’s made us smile…. A cover story by Stewart Smith in the world’s best music magazine, The Wire.

The piece features great photos, some of the most detailed and thorough writing on Tyshawn yet and covers the range of his output like only The Wire can. It’s on stands now so go check it out and while you’re out there pre-order a copy of “The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism.” 3CDs of standards by Miles Davis, Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman, Billy Strayhorn and many others performed by Tyshawn along with Aaron Diehl, Russell Hall and special guest Greg Osby.