YSU's Pipino Performing Arts Series Presents MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey

multi-instrumentalist, composer and MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey

YSU's Cliffe College of Creative Arts announces season three of the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series for the Spring 2021 Semester. The Season will feature four free virtual events.

On Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m., composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer will give a one-hour presentation including pre-recorded music, interesting conversation and a question and answer session. Patrons should access the event at the Cliffe College of Creative Arts YouTube channel HERE or by going to YouTube and searching Cliffe College of Creative Arts.

On Friday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. Iyer will present a master class over Zoom accessible at www.ysu.edu/dana.

A MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellow and four-time winner of DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year, Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. He was described by Pitchfork as "one of the best in the world at what he does," by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” by the New York Times as a “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” A musical innovator, an active collaborator, and a member of multiple artistic communities, Iyer continues to reimagine the role of the musician in the 21st century. On April 9, 2021, ECM will release UNEASY, Iyer’s new trio album, recorded in December 2019 with his friends and collaborators Linda May Han Oh on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

Iyer was voted DownBeat Magazine's Artist of the Year in 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2012 - and Artist of the Year in Jazz Times' Critics' and Readers' Polls for 2017. Iyer was named a 2017 United States Artists Fellow, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. He holds a lifetime appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University, with a joint affiliation with the Department of Music and the Department of African and African American Studies.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Du Yun will host a master class at 2:00 p.m. and a presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24. Yun is a Chinese born composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performance artist. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel's Bone, with libretto by Royce Vavrek. She was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Du Yun's virtual master class and her virtual presentation/performance are both free and opened to the public, and can be accessed HERE.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, a headlining Metropolitan Opera soloist and Musical America’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year, will offer a presentation on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. He will also give a master class on Thursday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. His debut album, ARC, on Decca Gold was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award. Anthony Roth Costanzo's virtual master class and his virtual presentation/performance are both free and opened to the public, and can be accessed HERE.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellow, is scheduled for a presentation on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. and a master class preceding the presentation on Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30 pm. Sorey has performed nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as numerous artists of note. He has composed works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the International Contemporary Ensemble, tenor Lawrence Brownlee with Opera Philadelphia in partnership with Carnegie Hall, as well as for countless collaborative performers. He was also a 2015 recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award. Sorey received degrees from William Paterson University, Wesleyan University, and Columbia University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies at Wesleyan University. Tyshawn Sorey's virtual master class and his virtual presentation/performance are both free and opened to the public, and can be accessed HERE.

“We’re thrilled to continue the Pipino Performing Arts Series this semester. Although the events will be presented virtually, we couldn’t be happier with the exceptional quality of the artists who will make up the spring season. YSU believes that the arts are vital to the University and our community and is committed to supporting our many artistic endeavors. We invite you to join us for these outstanding performances and master classes and are proud to continue to bring the arts to you,” said Dr. Phyllis M. Paul, Dean of the Cliffe College of Creative Arts.

More information is available by calling YSU's Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.

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Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer