HRI is pleased to co-sponsor a series of programs on music improvisation featuring New England-based guitarist Joe Morris, widely recognized as one of the most original and important improvising artists of our time. Morris will offer a lecture and performance on Wednesday, October 6 and workshop on Friday, October 8, 2021.
Morris begins his short residency at Illinois with a lecture at the Spurlock Museum drawing from and expanding on his 2012 book “Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music,” a concise volume on music improvisation developed (at the time) from nearly four decades of experience as a student, performer, curator, and educator in the field. “Perpetual Frontier” reflects Morris’ deep investigation into the methodologies of the field and encourages a practice that continually invites new possibilities.
A duo performance at Humanities Research Institute with Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid will follow the lecture that evening in a special double bill with a San Francisco Bay Area duo featuring Larry Ochs (saxophone) & Don Robinson (drums). The two groups featured as part of the annual Nick Rudd Music Experience will offer listeners an opportunity to hear distinct directions in Free Music, along with a first-time collaboration among all four players, illustrating in performance aspects of Morris’ earlier lecture. Both groups are represented on recent releases, Morris / Reid’s “Combinations” on RogueArt (2020), and Ochs / Robinson’s second issue “A Civil Right” on ESP-Disk’ (2021).
The residency ends with Morris leading an Improvisers Exchange Workshop on the afternoon of Friday, October 8, where students, faculty, and community members are invited to participate.