Joe Sorbara

(b. 1977)
Joe Sorbara is a Toronto-based composer, percussionist, community organizer, and music educator. His practice deals equally with pre-composed and instantly-composed or freely improvised music, as well as the vast terrain between these extremes. Throughout his career, Sorbara has performed in Canada and ­internationally with numerous acclaimed musicians, including Anthony Braxton, Jean Derome, Dominic Duval, Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein, Peggy Lee, Lee Pui Ming, Evan Parker, and William Parker. Sorbara leads the nonet, Other Foot First, and co-leads a number of other groups, ­including the Remnants Trio (with Evan Shaw and Ken Aldcroft) and Duo Lassonde (Sorbara with corporeal mime, Julie Lassonde). Sorbara also performs regularly with the AIMToronto Orchestra, Ronda Rindone’s Quorum, Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble, Nilan Perera’s HolyBlueGhost, and with Saidah Baba Talibah. In addition, Sorbara serves as the director and co-curator of the weekly Leftover Daylight Series, now in its fifth season, and sits on the board of directors of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto), which he co-founded in 2003. Sorbara has an undergraduate degree in music from York University. He currently teaches in the Music Department at the University of Guelph, where he directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble and teaches drums and percussion in the applied music program.

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