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Wesleyan Music Professor Tyshawn Sorey Awarded ‘Genius Grant …

Tyshawn Sorey, a composer, experimental musician and music professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly referred to as a “genius grant,” it was announced Wednesday.

A release from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation cited Sorey for “assimilating and transforming ideas from a broad spectrum of musical idioms and defying distinctions between genres, composition, and improvisation in a singular expression of contemporary music.”

Reached by phone at his office in Middletown, Sorey said he is stunned by the grant, even weeks after being told he got it.

“It’s the biggest honor I’ve ever received in my life,” he said. “I’m still processing it.”

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