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Opera Philadelphia Cancels O20 Festival, Postpones Main Season, Announces Newly Made Online Offerings

The company’s annual fall festival, much praised ever since its 2017 debut, is off this year; most plans for next season, including Jennifer Higdon’s latest opera and Sondra Radvanovsky’s role debut as Lady Macbeth, are postponed. Instead, there will be “a series of online performances — most created anew — to be shown on a new Opera Philadelphia Channel available [on several] platforms.” Highlights include Lawrence Brownlee in a staged version of Tyshawn Sorey‘s Cycles of My Being, a new versi...
Tags: Art, Music, Lady Macbeth, Lawrence Brownlee, Henze, Jennifer Higdon, Sondra Radvanovsky, David T Little, Willard White, Tyshawn Sorey, 07.29.20, Opera Philadelphia Channel

The Month In Jazz – February 2020

If you ever get the chance to watch Tyshawn Sorey play the drums, take it. Sorey is a brilliant composer — his albums Koan, The Inner Spectrum Of Variables, Verisimilitude, and (if you’ve got the time for a three-hour three-CD set) Pillars are all brilliant, not to mention his duos with pianist Marilyn Crispell (The … More »
Tags: Music, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny, Warren Wolf, Christian McBride, Vijay Iyer, Aaron Diehl, Reverso, Lyle Mays, Moses Boyd, Carla Bley, Tyshawn Sorey, Sorey, Ugly Beauty, Ken Fowser, Kassa Overall

The 20 Best Jazz Albums Of The 2010s

Where jazz is concerned, the 2010s could be divided almost precisely in half: BK (Before Kamasi) and AK (After Kamasi). The burly LA saxophonist's triple album, The Epic, was released on May 5, 2015, almost exactly at the decade's midpoint, and it changed everything. Not because he inspired a slew of imitators, but because all … More »
Tags: Music, List, Esperanza Spalding, Kamasi Washington, Matana Roberts, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Donny McCaslin, William Parker, Nicole Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Darcy James Argue, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Branford Marsalis, Orrin Evans, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Sons of Kemet

Sergio Mims: Tyshawn Sorey is Opera Philadelphia’s new composer

Tyshawn Sorey (John Rogers) Sergio A. Mims forwards this article: Peter Dobrin November 21, 2019 Opera Philadelphia’s next composer-in-residence is a musical polymath whose work bridges a wide range of influences and genres. Tyshawn Sorey — a percussionist, pianist, conductor, trombonist, composer, and 2017 MacArthur Fellow — will spend the next year or two immersing himself in the elements of a genre new to him. Sorey grew up in Newark,...
Tags: Religion, Columbia University, Philadelphia, Newark, Kimmel Center, MacArthur Foundation, William Paterson University, Wesleyan, Opera Philadelphia, Devan, New Haven Conn, William J Zick, Sergio Mims, Peter Dobrin, Tyshawn Sorey, Sorey

Myra Melford: Freedom and Form

Like so many of today’s most exciting music creators, Myra Melford is not easy to categorize, although she is “happy” being described as a jazz musician, and that is how most of her music has been characterized and marketed for decades. “Jazz is an inclusive music,” she exclaimed when she visited us at the New Music USA office in September. In recent years, however, she has also been creating compositions for so-called contemporary classical ensembles such as the San Francisco Contemporary Music...
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Tyshawn Sorey And The Dawning Of Musical Consciousness

“Besides the physical notation, the sheet of paper or whatever, there’s also the psychological notation. That should also be there—where you can deal with the music on a real level. Whether it’s notated on paper or not. You’re still in the room and you’re still in the music.” – NewMusicBox
Tags: Art, Music, Tyshawn Sorey, Sj1, 10.01.19

Of The Moment: How To Capture Improvisation

The drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey has a lovely phrase to describe the practice of improvisation: “the adornment of time.” – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, Music, Tyshawn Sorey, 10.02.19

Tyshawn Sorey: Music and Mindfulness

Tyshawn Sorey’s music emerges from a vast array of experiences, communities, storytelling, and a deep engagement in mentor-mentee relationships. When I listen to his recent works Pillars I, II, III, and Everything Changes, Nothing Changes, I hear imagined worlds and sonic environments that are anchored in numerous histories and traditions. The detailed timbral designs within his compositions amplify a spiritual and creative focus in the music, asking the listener to employ mindfulness, to breath...
Tags: Europe, New York, Germany, Religion, US, SIM, Chicago, Teaching, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Italy, Denmark, Newark, Cover, Copenhagen, Frank Zappa

Sergio Mims: Tenor Lawrence Brownlee profiled in The Washington Post

Opera tenor Lawrence Brownlee is trying to find ways to express who he is in a traditionally white world, in part, by commissioning and seeking out new works about aspects of the African American experience. (Brian Branch-Price/For The Washington Post) Sergio A. Mims writes: Lawrence Brownleee was profiled today in The Washington Post
Tags: Washington Post, Washington, Religion, Atlanta, United States, Wolf, Anne Midgette, Terrance Hayes, MacArthur, Provo Utah, Lawrence Brownlee, Rossini, Brownlee, William J Zick, Sergio A Mims, Sergio Mims

Noteworthy in 2018: Schell’s picks

Unlike those big-media favorites lists that appear in mid-December to grease the skids of the Great Shopping Season, my year-end reckonings dawdle until the last moment and don’t claim to define the best of anything. But with audio streaming, social media and other factors pushing the contemporary music landscape into an increasingly variegated but fragmented state, some measure of thoughtful inventorying seems both prudent and practical. In that spirit, here’s a biased and opinionated survey of...
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International Contemporary Ensemble: Julia Bullock in "Perle Noire" Jan. 16 & 17

Julia Bullock International Contemporary Ensemble New York, NY (December 12, 2018) — The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) announces their spring 2019 season concerts. Engagements this spring include performances of Tyshawn Sorey’s Perle Noire: Meditations For Joséphine featuring rising soprano Julia Bullock at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miller Theatre Composer Portraits of Wang Lu and Tyshawn Sorey, three performances at the 2019 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, and...
Tags: Religion, The New York Times, Michael Schumacher, New York Public Library, Elizabeth, Knoxville, Josephine, Great Hall, Peter Sellars, Claudia Rankine, Julia Bullock, William J Zick, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Josephine Baker, Nokia Bell Labs, Tyshawn Sorey

The 10 Best Jazz Albums Of 2018

The last few years have been a wild time to be a jazz fan. On the one hand, legendary players and crucial figures in the music’s history continue to pass away. This year we lost pianists Henry Butler, Cecil Taylor and Randy Weston; trumpeters Jerry González, Roy Hargrove, Hugh Masekela, and Tomasz Stanko; saxophonists Hamiet … More »
Tags: Music, List, Kamasi Washington, Makaya McCraven, Bill Frisell, Nicole Mitchell, Randy Weston, Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Sons of Kemet, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock, Andrew Cyrille, Tomasz Stanko, Camilla George, 2018 In Review

The Best Jazz of 2018

None Almost 20 years into the new century, it is increasingly tough to say what "jazz" even is, not to mention choosing the best of the category in any given year. The wealth of great music flowing from the jazz tradition is huge and wide, with much of it still coming as straight-ahead swing, dazzling bebop, sultry singing in the style of Ella Fitzgerald or Joe Williams, or funky groove music that thrived in the 1970s fusion heyday. We believe the music of the "jazz" tradition that defined 2018...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Music, New York, Mississippi, Time, Williams, Middle East, Jazz, Miles Davis, Air, Seattle, Louis Armstrong, Zurich, Sarah, Parks

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – October 2018

On September 14, pianist Matt Mitchell (whose name has popped up in this column several times, including below -- he's on Jonathan Finlayson's new album) tweeted this: I replied to him with "Because people have finally given up the idea that jazz is a precious secret, and accepted the idea that it's music normal … More »
Tags: Music, Esperanza Spalding, Donny McCaslin, Stefon Harris, Christian McBride, Jakob Bro, Rudy Royston, Jonathan Finlayson, Gilad Hekselman, Matt Mitchell, Lionel Loueke, Orrin Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ugly Beauty, Aaron Parks

The Syncopated Stylings of Charles Wuorinen

When the arguments were over, only a few famous composers younger than Milton Babbitt and Elliott Carter remained committed to old-school high modernism. Two of the best were Peter Lieberson and Charles Wuorinen. Lieberson died in 2011 at 64, Wuorinen turns 80 on June 9. There were easy to bracket because they were friends, had a similar circle of New York City advocates, and shared something of an aesthetic trajectory inspired by the late music of Igor Stravinsky. Both Lieberson and Wuorinen ha...
Tags: England, New York, London, New York City, Religion, America, Los Angeles, Analysis, Beethoven, Charles, Lincoln Center, Moses, Modernism, Brokeback Mountain, Cheshire, Howard Shore Review: Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Addresses the Black Male Experience In ‘Cycles of My Being’ at Zankel Hall

Lawrence Brownlee ZEALnyc April 26, 2018 By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer Lawrence Brownlee, one of the busiest singers around, in demand for bel canto opera roles all over the world, has a commanding stage presence, flawless intonation, and crystal-clear diction. The son of a church choir director, music is in his bones, and his lush, shimmering tenor voice flows effortlessly. In an impressive, warmly received recital at Zankel Hall on Tuesday evening with a program of co...
Tags: Religion, America, Schumann, Huang, Terrance Hayes, Lawrence Brownlee, Zankel Hall, Robert Schumann, Brian Taylor, Brownlee, William J Zick, Heinrich Heine, Tyshawn Sorey, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, Schumann Schumann, U S Cycles of My Being

A New Song Cycle Contemplates Blackness

A collaboration between three prominent artistic voices — singer Lawrence Brownlee, composer Tyshawn Sorey and poet Terrance Hayes — examines what it means to be a black man in America today.(Image credit: Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)
Tags: News, America, Terrance Hayes, Lawrence Brownlee, Tyshawn Sorey, Shervin Lainez Courtesy

Sergio Mims: Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Gives New York Premiere of "Cycles of My Being" in Zankel Hall on April 24

Lawrence Brownlee(Shervin Lainez) Sergio A. Mims forwards this release: Carnegie Hall TENOR LAWRENCE BROWNLEE RETURNS TO CARNEGIE HALL  FOR EAGERLY AWAITED RECITAL ON TUESDAY,  APRIL 24 IN ZANKEL HALL Program Features New York Premiere of  Tyshawn Sorey’s Cycles of My Being, Conducted by the Composer, and Schumann’s Dichterliebe, with Pianist Myra  Huang On Tuesday, Apri...
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Sergio Mims: San Francisco Chronicle: How two singers adapt the classical with the African American experience

Lawrence Brownlee (Shervin Lainez) Julia Bullock (Christian Steiner) Sergio A. Mims writes: San Francisco Chronicle profile on Lawrence Brownlee and Julia Bullock. The San Francisco Chronicle Andrew Gilbert March 19, 2018 “It’s all about being seen,” says Julia Bullock, the luminous soprano who returns to Cal Performances Sunday, March 25, at Hertz Hall with pianist John Arida, exploring material that ranges from Schubert, Barber and...
Tags: Religion, San Francisco, John Adams, West Coast, Berkeley, Nina Simone, Baker, Alberta, Bay Area, Gilbert, Schumann, San Francisco Chronicle, Hayes, MacArthur, Lawrence Brownlee, Bullock

Chicago Tribune: Rare are the classical singers who use their celebrity cachet to help generate new repertory. One shining example is Lawrence Brownlee

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee's "Cycles of My Being" touches on matters of hate, religious faith, black consciousness and, ultimately, hope and unity. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune) Chicago Tribune John von Rhein  Contact Reporter February 23, 2018 Rare are the classical singers who use their celebrity cachet to help generate new repertory. One shining example is Lawrence Brownlee, who regards the commissioning of music by living composers and sharing it with audiences ar...
Tags: Religion, Chicago, Philadelphia, Black Lives Matter, Carnegie Hall, Terrance Hayes, Lawrence Brownlee, Brownlee, William J Zick, DuSable Museum of African American History, Tyshawn Sorey, Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, Myra Huang, Chris Sweda

An Opera Star’s Song Cycle Conjures a Black Man’s Life in America

“Cycles of My Being,” written for the tenor Lawrence Brownlee by Tyshawn Sorey and Terrance Hayes, grapples with hope and hate.
Tags: Music, News, America, Opera, Lawrence, Carnegie Hall, Terrance Hayes, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hayes, Lawrence Brownlee, Opera Philadelphia, Brownlee, Tyshawn, Terrance, Race and Ethnicity, Tyshawn Sorey

A #BlackLivesMatter Song Cycle For One Of The World's Leading Tenors

"The poet who wrote the words can be confrontational. The composer is known for cutting-edge jazz. The singer specializes in ornately written operas from another century. Suffice it to say that Cycles of My Being, a new song cycle by poet Terrance Hayes and composer Tyshawn Sorey - prompted by police brutality against African Americans […]
Tags: Art, Music, Terrance Hayes, Tyshawn Sorey, 02.14.18

The National expand Homecoming lineup, playing 'Boxer' in full at the fest

Additions include Mouse on Mars, Sam Amidon, Spank Rock, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Lisa Hannigan, and more. Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Music, Father John Misty, Mars, Future Islands, Music News, Boxer, Tour Dates, Feist, Lord Huron, Bryce Dessner, Moses Sumney, Bonnie Prince Billy, The National, Julien Baker, Andrew Sacher, Sam Amidon

Winter Jazzfest 2018

In a cloud of red dust, poof, Winter Jazzfest is gone. I can’t believe that just yesterday that I had so many nights of fantastic music ahead of me to indulge in and in the blink of an eye, it is now be-lovingly referred to in the past tense. But just because life tends to move at the speed of sound, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take that time to relish and revel in the miraculous sound and experience of the extraordinary jazz music.  Winter Jazzfest is done, and all the cats have...
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Big Ears expands 2018 lineup (Four Tet, Arto Lindsay, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, more)

Additions include Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) + Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Paal Nilssen-Love (The Thing) + Arto Lindsay, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto), and more. Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Music, Gas, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, Music News, Tour Dates, Four Tet, Los Lobos, Bonnie Prince Billy, Lucius, Andrew Sacher, Kieran Hebden, Sam Amidon, Algiers, Cibo Matto, Rostam

2018 New York City Winter JazzFest!! Jan 10-17, 2018

   THIS IS OUR MUSIC Presents 2018 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST   Celebrating The 14th Annual Season January 10-17, 2018, Presenting The Full Spectrum of Jazz   NYC Winter Jazzfest Continues Focus on Social Justice, Calling on Artists to Submit Projects Pertaining To  RACISM WOMEN’S & GENDER RIGHTS, IMMIGRATION MASS INCARCERATION,  And ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY   Opening Night Wednesday January 10 Iconic DJ GILLES PETERSON To Host British Jazz Showcase, Sponsored By ...
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Best Recording 2017

Verisimilitude Tyshawn Sorey Tyshawn Sorey, drums, percussion, composer; Cory Smythe, piano, toy piano, electronics; Chris Tordini, bass Pi Records PI70 Tyshawn Sorey has had quite a year of musical accomplishments. After recently finishing up his doctorate at Columbia, he succeeded Anthony Braxton on the faculty at Wesleyan University, won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and received several other major awards and commissions. He has remained active in a number of ensembles, playing a pivot...
Tags: Religion, Columbia, Wesleyan University, Anthony Braxton, Tyshawn Sorey, Sorey, Chris Tordini, Vijay Iyer Sextet, Cory Smythe, Tordini, Corey Smythe, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Tyshawn Sorey Tyshawn Sorey

2018 New York City Winter JazzFest!! Jan 10-17, 2018

   THIS IS OUR MUSIC Presents 2018 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST   Celebrating The 14th Annual Season January 10-17, 2018, Presenting The Full Spectrum of Jazz   NYC Winter Jazzfest Continues Focus on Social Justice, Calling on Artists to Submit Projects Pertaining To  RACISM WOMEN’S & GENDER RIGHTS, IMMIGRATION MASS INCARCERATION,  And ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY   Opening Night Wednesday January 10 Iconic DJ GILLES PETERSON To Host British Jazz Showcase, Sponsored By ...
Tags: UK, New York, London, News, Congress, White House, Events, Bbc, West, Festivals, Manhattan, Jazz, North, North America, Florence, Bay Area

Apex 2017

At the New Yorker website may be found my list of Notable Performances and Recordings of 2017. The Rest Is Noise Person of the Year is Tyshawn Sorey. Oh, do not ask, "What is it?" Let us go and listen to it. My favorite music book of 2017 was Tim Rutherford-Johnson's Music After the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture since 1989 (University of California Press). This remarkable feat of synthesis and analysis, about which I'll write in The New Yorker in the near future, has fundamentally chan...
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The Best Albums of 2017

Our critics picked St. Vincent and Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, Julien Baker and Taylor Swift, Nicole Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey — and many more.
Tags: News, St Vincent, Julien Baker, Tyshawn Sorey, Lorde Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift Nicole Mitchell