Greg Tate Discusses Butch Morris and Conduction

blackstarprofileHere’s a Q&A with Black February cast member Greg Tate‘s Q&A, which followed the screening at the Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia last month.

Greg met Butch in the 1980s and was at Conduction No. 1 at the Kitchen in 1985.  An esteemed culture critic, icon of the Village Voice and one of the founders of the Black Rock Coalition,  Greg was moved enough by Conduction to start practicing it himself, notably as the leader of the groundbreaking Burnt Sugar Arkestra ensemble.

In the Q&A with Julia Lopez, Greg discusses Butch and the importance of Conduction.

A special thanks to Greg for heading out to the festival and sharing his insights into Butch and his work with the audience.

Wayne Horvitz Conducts at The Stone NYC May 21-26

Wayne Horvitz, who wrote a beautiful tribute to Butch on the New Music Box blog last month, is holding a residency at The Stone in New York City between May 21 and 26.

imagesThe NY Times’ Ben Ratliff, highlighted the performances in an article published on Wednesday.

Wayne, who called Butch his only mentor, is conducting his Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, using some of the technique he learned from Butch in the 1980s.

Says Ratliff:

Mr. Morris tended to use very little written music in his conductions, working from scraps. Mr. Horvitz, by contrast, is using his own themes and pre-existing pieces, some riff-based and directly out of the jazz tradition, but blowing them apart, making them judder and flash and fold in on themselves. His is an excellent band of nearly all Seattle residents — the soloists included the trombonist Naomi Siegel, the clarinetist Beth Fleenor and the saxophonists Kate Olson, Craig Flory and Briggan Krauss — and its had an efficacious start. What I heard in Tuesday’s early set was tighter and stronger than a live recording the band was selling at the club, made in Seattle only a few months ago.

Black February Screening Sunday March 17 at Nublu

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Black February will be screening Sunday, March 17 at 8 pm at the East Village club Nublu, home to Butch’s conductions with the Nublu Orchestra. It’s a special way to bring his spirit back to one of his regular stomping grounds, the place of many an epic musical flight by the Maestro and his crew.

Nublu is located at 62 Ave. C between 4th St and 5th St., in the heart of New York’s Alphabet City.

See you there!

Conduction No. 1

The first Conduction, as described by Greg Tate, Brandon Ross and Howard Mandel. That seminal performance featured John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Zena Parkins, Tom Cora and Brandon, among others.