Archive for Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris

Black February Will Screen in Istanbul

Posted in Clips, Festival Screenings with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2013 by Vipal Monga

ImageWe’re proud to announce that Black February will screen at the 23rd Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul on October 1.

The festival will be paying tribute to the maestro this year by showing the film, and then on October 5 will be holding a panel about Butch and his music with his longtime collaborator and great friend Brandon Ross.

Istanbul was a special place for Butch. He lived there for two years as composer in residence at Bilgi University, and continued visiting throughout his life.

Butch played at the festival in 1992, and the performances were immortalized as Conductions 25 and 26.

Here’s a clip of Butch conducting the Nublu “Istanbul” Orchestra in 2011.

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BlackStar Film Festival Aug. 1-4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 1, 2013 by Vipal Monga

The BlackStar Film Festival starts today in Philadelphia. 

ImageBlack February will be screening as part of the festival on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Drexel University Papadakis Auditorium.

We’re particularly excited that Greg Tate, leader of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra, renowned music critic, and dear friend of Butch, will be at the show for a post-screening Q&A.

All the details you need are on the festival’s website.

The BlackStar Festival is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context. BlackStar highlights films that are often overlooked from emerging, established, and mid-career directors, writers and producers working in narrative, documentary, experimental and music video filmmaking.

 

Vision Festival and a DVD Sale

Posted in Festival Screenings, Sales with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2013 by Vipal Monga

banner-06The Vision Festival, New York’s great festival of experimental music and dance, is holding a special screening of Black February on Sunday, June 16 at 4:30 pm.

Butch was a regular performer at the festival, and it’s an honor, if a little bittersweet, to hold the Brooklyn premiere of the film there.

The festival is being at the experimental performance space Roulette. Details about the Vison Fest and Roulette can be found at Arts for Art, which organizes the festival every year.

A special thanks to Patricia Parker, the festival organizer, for helping us pay tribute to Butch.

In celebration of the screening, we’ve put copies of the Black February DVD on sale. It makes a perfect Father’s Day gift for the music lovers in your life.

Wayne Horvitz Conducts at The Stone NYC May 21-26

Posted in Performances with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by Vipal Monga

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

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2013 by Vipal Monga

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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!