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Tyshawn Sorey: Composite Reality

By Published: June 26, 2012
"I don't really like to judge anything as good or bad, because I won't learn from it if I start judging it right away. That can be for later, but when you're making music in the moment, you have to sort go with the flow, no matter how good or bad. For example, if Lehman wrote a piece that dealt with all of these asymmetrical rhythms with tuplets and I'll be able execute it technically, but I think he's looking for a lot more than that. I don't want it to sound like a drum exercise over this hip stuff going on harmonically; I want to be able to put myself into it with as much of my experience with these rhythms and my feeling. I don't want to necessarily say that being a composer of all these musical idioms sets me apart from other musicians, but I will say that it has allowed me to continue on composing and playing and thinking in a style that keeps me thinking about the continuum."

Selected Discography

Tyshawn Sorey, Oblique-I (Pi Recordings, 2011)
Paradoxical Frog, Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed, 2011)
Steve Coleman and Five Elements, The Mancy of Sound (Pi Recordings, 2011)
Samuel Blaser Quartet, Pieces of Old Sky (Clean Feed, 2011)
Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi Recordings, 2010)
Lawrence D, "Butch" Morris, Conduction/Induction (Rai Trade, 2010)
Pete Robbins, Silent Z (Hate Laugh Music, 2010)
Tyshawn Sorey, Koan (482 Music, 2009)\
Steve Lehman Octet,Travail, Transformation and Flow (Pi Recordings, 2009)
Timucin Sahin, Bafa (Between the Line, 2009)
John Escreet, Consequences(Posi-Tone Records, 2009)
Fieldwork, Door (Pi Recordings, 2008)
Steve Lehman, On Meaning (Pi Recordings, 2007)
Tyshawn Sorey, That/Not (Firehouse 12, 2007)
Steve Lehman, Demian as Posthuman (Pi Recordings, 2005)
Vijay Iyer, Blood Sutra (Pi Recordings, 2003)

Photo Credits

Page 1: Hardy Stewart

Page 2: Maarten van de Ven

Page 3: Madli-Liis Parts

Page 4: Courtesy of Moers Festival

Page 5: Dave Kaufman

Page 6: Courtesy of Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey
Tyshawn Sorey

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