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Tyshawn Sorey Trio with Aaron Diehl and Harish Raghavan + Sandbox Percussion

Presented by The Ohio State University Office of Academic Affairs and the Wexner Center for the Arts

Wex Commissioned Project | World Premiere

A photo of the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, three men in black button ups. A photo of Sandbox Percussion, four men wearing suits.

Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and musician Tyshawn Sorey joins us to present a Wexner Center–commissioned piece inspired by the work of legendary jazz drummer Max Roach.

The national celebration of Roach’s 100th birthday continues with this new piece by Sorey commissioned in honor of the occasion. The work will be performed by Sorey’s trio, featuring Columbus native Aaron Diehl on piano and Harish Raghavan on bass, and Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney of chamber ensemble Sandbox Percussion. (program approx. 75 mins.)

Tyshawn Sorey Trio, photo: John Rogers; Sandbox Percussion, photo: Kjell van Sice

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About the Artist

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Described as “exhilarating” (New York Times) and “utterly mesmerizing” (Guardian), GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble Sandbox Percussion is dedicated to artistry in contemporary chamber music. The ensemble was brought together in 2011 by a love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together; today, Sandbox Percussion captivates worldwide audiences with visually and aurally stunning performances. Sandbox Percussion’s 2021 album Seven Pillars was nominated for two GRAMMY® awards: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. In 2023 Sandbox Percussion released their fourth album, Wilderness, featuring the piece of the same name by experimental composer Jerome Begin. Besides maintaining an international performance schedule, Sandbox Percussion holds the position of ensemble-in-residence and percussion faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York. In 2016, Sandbox Percussion founded the Sandbox Percussion Seminar, introducing percussion students to the leading percussion chamber music of the day.

Doris Duke Foundation

Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme 
The Columbus Foundation 
Axium Packaging 
Nationwide Foundation 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane 
Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners 
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James 
David Crane and Elizabeth Dang 
Bruce and Joy Soll 
Melissa Gilliam and William Grobman 
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle 
Jones Day 
Alex and Renée Shumate


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