Saxophonist Aaron Burnett returns for the second performance of his residency here at Roulette. For the first time in New York, Tyshawn Sorey will be joining Burnett on Roulette’s stage on the drums as they showcase their piece, Digitized Dimensions. This evening’s performance will consist of new, through composed works with improvisation dispersed intermittently in between compositions.
Aaron Burnett – Tenor sax/electronics/samples
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums/percussion
Aaron Burnett was born October 14th, 1981 in Lemoore, CA with a natural talent for visual art, yet he began to study classical saxophone at the age 11. He became interested in jazz music around the age of 16 and then began his musical journey into improvised music. After attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for classical and jazz performance from 1999-2001, he discontinued his schooling there and relocated to Boston in which attended Berklee College of Music for classical composition from 2005-2008, eventually graduating with a degree in Professional Music. Aaron has always stressed the importance of establishing a unique sound for himself while in college, studying classical Baroque composition techniques, studying advance harmony, world music, and atonal composition. He has performed with numerous great musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Teri Lyne Carrington, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Ravi Coltrane, Sullivan Fortner, Peter Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, Jeff “Tain Watts, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wallace Roney, Giovanni Giudi, Fabrizio Bosso, just to name a few. He also toured with three-time Grammy winner, Esperanza Spalding in her 2012 world tour with Radio Music Society. Aaron was also awarded the 2014/2015 Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant for his accomplishments in composition and improvisation. Burnett retains true essence and history of jazz in his music and his playing, always searching for new ways of interpreting the music while remaining modern and consistent with the times we live in.
Newark-born multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980) is celebrated for his incomparable virtuosity, effortless mastery and memorization of highly complex scores, and an extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. He has performed nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as artists such as John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Claire Chase, Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Robyn Schulkowsky, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, and Myra Melford, among many others. The New York Times has praised Sorey for his instrumental facility and aplomb, “he plays not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise”; The Wall Street Journal notes Sorey is, “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” The New Yorker recently commented that Sorey is “among the most formidable denizens of the in-between zone…An extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.”
Aaron Burnett and Tyshawn Sorey: Digitized Dimensions is made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation. The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of young composers, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development and continues to help us fulfill our mission by presenting ambitious work by promising artists. Each year, the Jerome Foundation supports five artist residencies and four commissions at Roulette.