Lawrence D. "Butch" MorrisUSAMusic2001

In Memoriam: 1947 - 2013

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris was one of the leading innovators in the confluence of jazz, new music, improvisation and contemporary classical music. As a composer, he was widely known for his notated compositions and has been especially acclaimed for pioneering and developing the art of Conduction.

CONDUCTION (Conducted improvisation/interpretation) is a vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real-time musical arrangement or composition. Each sign and gesture transmits generative information for interpretation, and provides instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form.


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