The compositions of Sorrel Hays create immersive experiences, integrating music with sculpture, film/video, dance, and actors in a variety of notated and improvised forms. Born Doris Hays in Memphis, Tennessee, Hays changed her first name to Sorrel because she likes its sound. She began her career as a composer/pianist, winning first prize in the Gaudeamus International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music and also performing the premiere of Henry Cowell's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in 1978. In recent years, she has focused on combinations of text collage and electronic sound with lyrical forms. Hays is an Artist Fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts, and has received awards from the National Foundation for the Arts, New York Council on the Arts, the Astraea Foundation, Eastman Foundation, and the Tennessee Foundation for the Humanities. Her music is published by Henmar Press/C.F. Peters, Hildegard Press, and Tallpoosa Music.
" The chief quality of Hays's music is a joyously earthy mysticism." -- Village Voice
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