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Tyshawn Sorey: “I want to give listeners an experience that they haven’t had before”

Tyshawn Sorey
John Rogers
Tyshawn Sorey

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator Tyshawn Sorey on his latest recordings (Mesmerism and The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism), his recent composition “Monochromatic Light (Afterlife),” making work that defies category, growing up in Newark, comedy as a form of self-care, the radical idea of Blackness, exploring alternative musical models, his photographic memory, the interaction between improvisation and composition, processing ancestral trauma through music, and bad Italian food.

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Leo Sidran is a Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist musician, producer, arranger, composer, recording artist and podcast host based in Brooklyn, New York.