Artists Studio: Conrad Tao and Tyshawn Sorey

“ferociously talented”Time Out New York on Conrad Tao

“A spectacular young drummer on jazz’s leading edge, Mr. Sorey has proved himself a serious new-music composer besides, sometimes to the point of cerebral severity.”The New York Times

A thoughtful artist and dynamic performer, 21-year-old pianist and composer Conrad Tao has already garnered praise from audiences and critics alike for his imaginative performances of a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. This next big thing in classical piano is joined by multifaceted percussionist and instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey, a pivotal figure in contemporary improvisation practice in his own right who operates in a wide cross-section of musical idioms.

The dynamic pair unite to create a collaborative, evening-length work that explores the liminal space between notated and improvised music, melding keyboard works by Ligeti, Boulez, and Elliott Carter with their own spontaneous musical forms to obliterate the borders between them, eliminating the separation between composition and improvisation.

Image: Conrad Tao photographed by Brantley Gutierrez

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