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April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

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Alarm Will Sound presents A Conversation with Tyshawn Sorey and Alan Pierson

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Join Tyshawn Sorey and Alan Pierson on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30pm ET for an online performance of Autoschediasms, Sorey’s work with Alarm Will Sound, followed by a live conversation with Sorey and Pierson. The work premiered online as the second release of AWS’s Video Chat Variations series. Autoschediasms was made remotely, in real time through the internet. Learn more about Alarm Will Sound’s work in “17 Players in Five States, Composing Over the Internet” from The New York Times.

Sorey and Pierson will discuss the development, rehearsal, and recording process for Autoschediasms and share the completed work, followed by a Q&A from the audience.

Sorey’s “Autoschediasms” are live compositions: works composed in the moment, challenging the distinction between improvised and composed music. In this video-chat Autoschediasms, Sorey uses his unique language of visual gestures, text directives, and autonomous prompts to collaboratively create a piece with Alarm Will Sound in real time over video chat. He explains: “I always think compositionally. Much of what I do is craft even when I spontaneously create something. The performers must do the same and they’re equally responsible for the result. At no point can one performer take this process of making music for granted.”

“As a composer who works both within spontaneous and “formal” composition, I find that what is rewarding about spontaneous composition is the understanding, by the self and others, that it allows for the coming together of people who have similar and sometimes very different viewpoints, such that creating music together feels like a form of bonding and trusting that one never forgets. We can’t take this for granted. This works best when one lets go of their insecurities or ego that often gets in the way of achieving something greater than what they imagined. Trusting and being kind to yourself is what makes for a satisfying experience when you improvise alone and collectively with other bodies in the room (or on screens, in this case).”

– Tyshawn Sorey

I Care If You Listen
5 Questions to Tyshawn Sorey (composer, multi-instrumentalist)



April 20
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm