Open Door #1: Celebrating the Legacy of Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris

This two-night tribute to conductor, composer, and musician Butch Morris (pictured) will feature one of the Twin Cities' most venerable improvisational ensembles and three newer groups. Morris, who died in January at age 65, was originally a jazz cornetist. His conduction work — with the likes of David Murray, Billy Bang, and Burnt Sugar — blurred lines among jazz, classical, world music, and the avant-garde. Both evenings begin with screenings of Black February, a film about Morris by Vipal Monga. Performing after the film Friday will be IMP ORK, the 27-year-old local group that had worked with Morris and which will be conducted by saxophonist John Devine. Performing Saturday will be Improvestra, Coloring Time, and Cherry Spoon Collective, local bands of much more recent vintage but intensely focused on the possibilities of cutting-edge improv.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 13. Continues through Sept. 14, 2013

 
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