Contemporary Improvisation + Tyshawn Sorey

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

The concert culmination of a residency with Tyshawn Sorey: multi-instrumentalist, composer, and MacArthur “Genius”.

Featuring the entire Contemporary Improvisation department.

Thursday’s concert will include Sorey’s recent orchestral piece in honoring a pair of jazz legends, “For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield,” his chamber pieces “Inner Spectrum of Variables (Movement III)” and “For Fred Lerdahl,” his piano piece “Movement,” his noise project “LOUD,” featuring faculty member Joe Morris, and an NEC student ensemble playing his “Autoschediasms.”  It will also feature Sorey in a duo improvisational performance with NEC faculty member Anthony Coleman and excerpts from a Yiddish Theatre project featuring Sorey’s arrangements and orchestrations. 


A multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, ensemble leader, and conductor, Tyshawn Sorey is an ever-curious explorer of the nature of sound and rhythm, ensemble behavior, and the physicality of live performance. With his genre-free approach to making music and continuous experimentation, he has emerged as a singular talent in contemporary musical composition and performance.

About Contemporary Improvisation at NEC

NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation program addresses the needs of musicians seeking to move beyond traditional boundaries. We bring together a diverse group of the world’s finest young artists in a setting where they can grow as a community of composers, performers, and improvisers. With an emphasis on ear training, technique, conceptual ideas, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a wide range of improvisational traditions, the CI program is uniquely positioned to produce the complete 21st century musician.

  1. For Bill Dixon and A Spencer Barefield

    • Members of NEC Philharmonia
    • Miles Keingstein, trumpet
    • Pritesh Walia, guitar
    • Akram Haddad, piano
  2. Duo

  3. For Fred Lehrdahl

    • Alexander Garde, Jaewon Lee, vibraphone
    • Lysander Jaffe, viola
    • Xiang Xu, piano
  4. Autoschediasms

    • NEC CI department ensemble
  5. Sigmund Mogulescu/Avrom Goldfadn, transcribed and arranged by Tyshawn Sorey: Mogulescu and Goldfadn

    Shmendrik Finale

    Pilgrim Chorale

    The Oath (duet)

    Run to me

    • CI Chorus
    • Matthew Shifrin, Delfina Cheb, Isabel Crespo, voice
    • Lily Honigberg, Noah Kelly, first violin
    • Catherine Byrne, Michael Vitale, second violin
    • Lysander Jaffe, viola
    • Giulia Haible, cello
    • Michael Prentky, trombone
    • Rob Murphy, double bass
    • Avi Randall, piano
  6. Loud!

    • Joe Morris, electric guitar
    • Tyshawn Sorey, drums
  7. Movement for Piano

    • Chi-Wei Lo, piano
Tyshawn Sorey with green bush
NEC: Pierce Hall

A public discussion with Tyshawn Sorey and Contemporary Improvisation faculty discussing Sorey's genre-free approach and career in music.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


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Tyshawn Sorey with green bush
NEC: Brown Hall

Featuring the music of NEC jazz composers.

1 – 3 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The masterclass will take place in Brown Hall, not Pierce Hall as previously stated.


A multi-instrumentalist...