Tyshawn Sorey’s ‘Monochromatic Light (Afterlife),’ Co-Commissioned By DACAMERA, At Park Avenue Armory

August 8, 2022

Back in February, DACAMERA presented the world premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s Monochromatic Light (Afterlife), written to honor the 50th anniversary of Houston’s Rothko Chapel.

Co-commissioned by DACAMERA, Rothko Chapel, and Park Avenue Armory (30 minutes from Harlem, NY), the 50-minute work for viola, percussion, piano/celesta, solo bass, and choir was promptly hailed as a major statement from this vitally important composer.

Next month Monochromatic Light (Afterlight) makes its New York debut in a run of nine performances at Park Avenue Armory, September 27 – October 8, 2022.

As in Houston, the composer will conduct violist Kim Kashkashian, percussionist Steven Schick, bass soloist Davóne Tines, and DACAMERA’s Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg on piano and celeste.

They’ll be joined in these performances by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. (At Rothko Chapel, the choral part was taken by the Grammy-winning Houston Chamber Choir.) 

Peter Sellars will direct, with visuals by artist Julie Mehretu, choreography by Reggie “Reg Roc” Gray, and lighting design by James F. Ingalls – a formidable creative team for sure.

Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) grew out of discussions between Tyshawn Sorey and Sarah Rothenberg back in 2018, following DACAMERA’s highly successful presentation of the composer’s Perle Noire.

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Also, the New York premiere has been important in DACAMERA’s essential role in bringing this work into the world.

Photo credit: Tyshawn Sorey conducting the premiere of Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) at Rothko Chapel in Houston.

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