New Haven composer Tyshawn Sorey named to USA fellowship

NEW HAVEN — A local composer/musician has won a spot in the annual fellowship class of 45 artists and collaboratives across the nation, receiving a $50,000 grant.

The Chicago-based United States Artists named New Haven resident Tyshawn Sorey, who teaches at Wesleyan University, one of the USA fellows, according to a release from the group this week.

Sorey, a Newark, New Jersey, native who plays drum set, percussion, trombone and piano, collaborates with the Brooklyn-based International Contemporary Ensemble as a percussionist and resident composer. He also leads the Tyshawn Sorey trio, whose musical expressions defy distinctions between genre, according to the news release. Sorey also received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship last year. Sorey was named a member of Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, which notes high-achievers in a number of fields.