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Tyshawn Sorey, A Musical Shapeshifter, Wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ Prize

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator Tyshawn Sorey, who has been granted a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator Tyshawn Sorey, who has been granted a MacArthur Fellowship.

John Rogers/Courtesy of the artist

This morning, the latest crop of MacArthur Fellows was announced — the so-called “genius” awards. Sometimes, a MacArthur fellowship is given as a capstone to honor a long, glorious career. But one of this year’s winners, Tyshawn Sorey, is just 37 years old.

Earlier this week, I visited Sorey at his office at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where he began teaching this fall. When we met, Sorey was dressed entirely in black, as he usually is. When he plays, he often wears sunglasses — no matter the time of day or

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/10/11/556828177/tyshawn-sorey-a-musical-shapeshifter-wins-macarthur-genius-prize

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