Tyshawn Sorey is a visionary artist who is erasing the lines of musical preconceptions. The 2017 MacArthur Fellow has a wide-ranging creative practice, embracing the roles of composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, scholar, and educator. This Portrait features two new works, written for ensembles with which Sorey has close ties.
“Miller’s flagship series exposes audiences to the boundary-breaking music of today, with evening-length immersions that explore the work of a single composer in depth and include onstage discussions with the composers” (Miller Theater at Columbia University).
Autoschediasms for Creative Chamber Orchestra (2019), world premiere,
Miller Theatre commission
New Quartet for JACK (2018), New York premiere
Violin and Glockenspiel, in Memoriam Muhal Richard Abrams (2018)
Bertha’s Lair (2016)
Tyshawn Sorey, composer
International Contemporary Ensemble
Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre.
Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.