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Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey

Queen Elizabeth Hall
£10 — £15

Booking open to Friends only. Join now
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Composer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey playing drums


Tyshawn Sorey – conductor; drums


George Lewis The Will to Adorn (UK premiere)

Tyshawn Sorey Autoschediasms (UK premiere)

Tyshawn Sorey For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield (European premiere)

Composer. Performer. Pioneer. Enter the genre-crossing musical world of one of America’s foremost musical polymaths: Tyshawn Sorey.

2018’s Autoschediasms instantly plunges the listener into a world of charged intensity and perfectly introduces Sorey’s explosive shattering of traditional musical boundaries. A totally improvised piece, the music instead unfolds through the conductor’s gestures, markers on paper and the creative explorations between the musicians themselves.

For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield is a complete contrast. Introspective and subtle, the music spreads like whispers across the ensemble, led by the trumpet and electric guitar. Written in tribute to two experimental jazz icons that inspired Sorey, the piece warmly acknowledges its influences and fuses their sounds into something entirely new.

To open the programme, Sorey conducts the music of a fellow American musical trailblazer. Active as a trombonist and composer, George Lewis has performed with the likes of Count Basie, Anthony Braxton and Gil Evans. His 2011 work The Will to Adorn opens tonight’s programme with an intense, dynamic atmosphere, through constantly shifting percussive rhythms balanced against complex harmonies.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£10 – £15

Book for both performances this evening and get your second ticket half-price

Tickets at student prices available via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability); subscription discounts not available

Running time

45 minutes, there is no interval

Recommended age



You can take drinks from the bar into this evening’s performance

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

Additional information

This concert is part of Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival


The Queen Elizabeth Hall building on a sunny day, with people walking on the sidewalk

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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After the concert

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson sitting on a chair in a storage room for pianos
Small-ensemble performance

Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson – piano

Bent Sørensen Papillons (UK premiere of complete work)
Edmund Finnis New work for solo piano

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Booking open to Friends only. Join now
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

£10 — £15